ANCC is a tribally authorized organization consisting of the 15 tribes in Alaska that have traditionally harvested polar bears for subsistence.

ANCC office is once again open to the public.
Masks are required prior to entering.

The Iñupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Yup’ik term for a polar bear is nanuq.

Nannut is the plural form of this word.

Preamble of ANCC Constitution:

We, the polar bear hunting Tribes of Alaska, proclaim that polar bears are essential to our cultural, nutritional and spiritual well-being and our way of life. We recognize our responsibility and authority to exercise our indigenous rights to act as stewards of our traditional territories and resources. Since time immemorial, we have cared for the hunting of polar bears throughout our territories. We hereby reaffirm our commitment to respect, conserve, and manage polar bears while protecting the hunt and traditional uses of polar bears and their habitat based on our knowledge and appropriate scientific principles. Founded on Tribal unity, and striving for consensus, we form the Alaska Nannut Co-Management Council for the health and well-being of our Tribal members, our future generations, and for the polar bears.


ANCC is seeking an Executive Director!
Position Open Until Filled
Regular, Full-Time
Location: Nome, AK (possibility of remote work)
Salary: $90,000 - $110,000 DOE
• Group Health, Dental, Vision
• Retirement
• Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Long-Term Disability, Short-Term Disability Insurance
• Nome Recreation Center Membership
• Generous Annual Leave
• Bachelor’s Degree, or demonstrated experience in marine mammal co-management
• Master’s Degree preferred
• Minimum 5 years administration or management experience
• Must be willing and able to travel
Full Job Description
To apply please submit a completed employment application, along with a resume and cover letter, to one of the following:
Fax: 907-443-6903
Mail: P.O. Box 2027 Nome, AK 99762
In person: 400 Bering Street, Suite 205 Nome, AK 99762
Job Application
U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission Meeting Postponed Until Further Notice
ANCC will provide updates on any developments as they become available.
Any photos of polar bears, polar bear arts/crafts, food, dancing, etc. would be appreciated. Photos will primarily be used for ANCC’s website and newsletter. Photo donations are welcome anytime. Please email donated photos to:

ANCC Meetings

ANCC Governance Board Meeting • March 23-24, 2022 • In Anchorage, AK • Via Zoom and Teleconference
Please contact the ANCC office for more information.
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COVID-19 vaccination and mask required to attend the in-person meeting. Please contact the ANCC office for more information.
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