The Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS) is an Alaska Native tribe governed by the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934,
as amended, that represents and is selected by the Inupiat people of the Arctic Slope region. ICAS was established as an IRA
in August 26, 1971.
The mission of ICAS is to exercise its sovereign rights and powers for the benefit of tribal members, to conserve and retain
tribal lands and resources including subsistence and environmental issues, to establish and carry-out justice systems including
social services pursuant to Inupiat Tribal law and custom, and to increase the variety and quality of services provided to
current tribal members and for our future generations. Economic development to generate sustainable funding sources for ICAS
as a regional tribal government will be pursued to enhance the existing human resource services.
Becoming a Member
To become a member of ICAS you must sign up with your tribe you must provide information regarding your ancestral lineage
to the village tribe that you
are interested in becoming a member of Native Village of Atqasuk, Native Village of Barrow, Naqsragmuit, Native Village
of Pt. Lay.
Since each village
has their own Tribal entity, and then Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope is comprised of all the Tribal entities and their membership.
ICAS doesn’t do the actual enrolling of the members, that is done with the respective tribal entity in the villages. The application is where the information
regarding tribal lineage (family tree) is provided to become a member, and then the information is presented to the respective Tribal Council for
approval or disapproval for inducting into the Tribe as a member.