The Environmental Department has been involved in a community recycling program since its infancy. The Environmental Department accepts recyclables for drop-off at the Tribal Office and has two days each month scheduled for recycle pickups. We track the recyclables collected on a spreadsheet that breaks down the types and amounts.

The Environmental Department Recycling Program Accepts:
Aluminum cans; all paper types; electronic devices (with processor chips); aerosol cans; oil – and latex-based paints; solvents/paint thinners/strippers; household cleaners and chemicals; #1 & #2 plastic bottles; clean, stretchable plastics; used ink cartridges; fluorescent light bulbs; used anti-freeze; small propane cylinders; used batteries

Equipment Rental

The Native Village of Port Lions offers a wide variety of services and equipment to rent to the community of Port Lions.  A detailed list of light/heavy equipment and prices can be found here .

Please call the office if you have any questions or would like to schedule services or rental.

Saw Mill

In an effort to create economic development and provide services to the community of Port Lions, the Native Village of Port Lions recently purchased a Lucas saw mill. Raw lumber in a variety of sizes is available for purchase by contacting the office during regular business hours. We also take special orders upon request. A full, detailed price list can be found here .

Family Activities

The Tribal Family Activities Program has been active and effective in our community for almost two decades. Adults and youth participate together in fun, culturally relevant activities that are healthy and drug/alcohol-free. A successful combination of community recreation and traditional arts and crafts are available for all ages most evenings each week.

Emphasis on healthy families and abuse prevention is the theme of each evening’s activity. The main goal of the program is to strengthen stability within our families.

Program Hours –
Arts & Crafts / Youth Center @ Tribal Building
Friday Evenings 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (All ages)

Family Movie Nights (Once a month)
Friday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (All ages)

During family movie nights, concessions are for sale,  provided by Lunch Bucket, such as: popcorn, slushies, nachos, pretzels and other movie-theater goodies. All money raised from concessions goes towards tribal development.

Kids 4 years old or younger must be accompanied by a guardian who is in high school or older.

Open Gym: (Operated during the school year)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Toddlers – Preschool
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Kindergarten – 6th grade
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 7th Grade – Adult

Title VI Senior Meals

The Native Village of Port Lions operates a Senior Meals Program for individuals 55 years of age or older. Delicious meals are available for pick-up or delivery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 2:30 p.m.

To participate in this program, client in-take forms must be completed and submitted to the Native Village of Port Lions.

Click here to download the intake form.


The Port Lions Preschool is in the Tribal Building. Songs like the “Alphabet Song” and the “Teensy Weensy Spider” have been heard in the hallways since 1980. Many former graduates still live in Port Lions and are now sending their own preschoolers to attend classes with preschool teacher Marlene Gundersen. Children attend school two to three hours a day, depending on their ages, learning things like days of week, months of the year and how to write their names.

A graduation ceremony is held every May for those who are furthering their education by attending the “Big School.” A reception is held with cake, cookies and presents for all the graduates after the last chorus of “Pomp and Circumstance” is played.

Marlene Gundersen – Preschool Teacher