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, USFWS, ADF&G and Other Partners Joint Statement
The Alaska Nannut Co-management Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic incident in Wales. Together, our immediate priority is supporting the community and the families of the victims in the wake of this tragedy. We do not know what may have caused or contributed to this incident, but we are working together to gather facts, information, and circumstances surrounding the incident. As more information comes to light, we will work collectively with our other partners, such as the North Slope Borough with their expertise in human-bear conflicts, to learn from this tragedy and determine what future measures we and our communities can take to prevent future fatal human-bear encounters.
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 • December 7 & 8, 2022 • In Anchorage, AK
Please contact the ANCC Executive Director, Joseph Jessup McDermott at
or at 907-855-1392 for more information, taikuu.
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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