The University of Alaska-Anchorage integrates Alaska Native Initiatives into the broader UAA programs. Integration is led by Alaska Native faculty and staff to promote services to both non-Native and Alaska Native students.


Additional Programs and Services


Institute for Circumpolar Health

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 1988 (AS 14.40.088) to develop new solutions to health problems in Alaska and the north. The Institute provides support and coordination for health research, information, and training. Working closely with faculty throughout the University of Alaska system, ICHS provides technical assistance and support to increase the capacity within the state to address the health needs of all Alaskans. ICHS also encourages student involvement through academic course work, internships, and research assistantships.




Alvin Amason

Alaska Native Studies Art
Office: Department of Art
Phone: (907)786-1766


Alvin Amason teaches a program of courses directed to Alaska Native and other interested students that study the traditional Native arts. The program currently has its own studio and invites a number of Alaska Native elders and artists to assist in the instruction of the program.

Fall 2013 classes: Beginning Alaska Native Art (Art A270), Intermediate Painting (Art A313), Intermediate Alaska Native Art (Art A370), Advanced Painting (Art A413), and Individual Research (Art A498)


Patience Merculief

Rural Student Transition Specialist
Office: Enrollment Services
Phone: (907)786-1037


Assisting students from rural Alaska navigate the admissions and enrollment process, transition from home to UAA and monitor their first year progress.

UAA names first rural student transition specialist


Susan LaBelle

Term Assistant Professor
Office: Social Work, COH
Phone: (907)786-6900


School of Social Work: Mrs. Labelle has 35 years of professional and volunteer service to the Alaska Native and non-Native community in the field of Social Work. 

Fall 2013 Classes: Human Diversity in Social Work Practice (SWK A643)

Alumni Spotlight: Susan LaBelle


Sharon Lind

Assistant Professor
Office: College of Business and Public Policy
Phone: (907)786-4166


Mrs. Lind, previous Chairman of the Board of Aleut Corporation, is dedicated toward sharing her knowledge regarding Alaska Native Business Management.

Fall 2013 Classes: Introduction to Alaska Native Business (AKNS A290), Organizational Theory and Behavior (BA A300), Alaska Native Business Management (BA A490)

UAA creates Alaska Native Management curriculum


Willy Hensley

Visiting Distinguished Professor
Office: College of Business and Public Policy
Phone: (907)786-6348


Mr. Hensley was instrumental in the framing of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and has provided leadership in both the public and private sectors in numerous organizations.

Fall 2013 Classes: Alaska Policy Frontiers (PADM A671)

Alaska Native leader Willie Hensley joins UAA's CBPP as Visiting Distinguished Professor