The bill passed the state House and Senate last month.
She also plans to keep pushing for a ban on tailings dams that hold back mine waste along cross-border rivers.
The decision is a loss for Ketchikan’s winter economy and is leaving some feeling cut out of the decision-making process.
Beth Lougee’s resignation follows a rocky tenure, where Alaska Native tribal leaders said they’d lost confidence in her leadership.
The Ketchikan Indian Community’s Tribal Council issued an unprecedented statement saying the body had “no confidence” in Lougee as superintendent.
Data compiled by the school district and the Ketchikan Indian Community shows that Alaska Native students have lower proficiency than Caucasian students in English/language arts and math.