Alaska Native Facts

Alaska Natives are a unique and significant population within our geographic location. While the term implies an ethnic connotation, its meaning includes legal political status. Alaska Natives, as well as American Indians, are members of "domestic dependent nations" with dual citizenship - both tribal and federal. 

  • "Alaska Native" is a designation that only exists primarily because of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA). Prior to this, people did not use this language to describe themselves
  • The Indigenous peoples of Alaska (Alaska Natives) embody a distinct political and legal status and relationship, especially in regard to the federal and state government (even distinct from what exists in the lower 48 because of ANCSA)
  • The term Alaska Native also encompasses the relationship between Tribes and ANCSA 
  • There are 224 Federally Recognized Tribes in Alaska and 20 indigenous languages spoken in the state 
  • The original Alaska Native regional (12) and village corporations (223+) established by ANCSA, as a group, are the largest private landowners in the state (12%) and control 44 million acres of Alaska, 98% of Alaska's private property 
  • A majority of Alaska Natives still live on their original homelands - this is different from American Indians in the lower 48
  • Alaska Native corporations are the state's number one private employer and they produce 25% of the state's GDP
  • Anchorage is headquarters for many Alaska Native regional corporations and Alaska Native non-profits 
  • Alaska Native corporations/education non-profits contribute more than $2 million dollars annually for Alaska Native student scholarships 
  • 1 in 4 students coming through Anchorage School District are Alaska Native 
  • Anchorage is ranked #1 city in the nation for highest population percentage of Alaska Native/American Indians 

UAA Statistics 

In 2017, UAA was identified as Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NANTSI) due to its high percentage Alaska Native/American Indian student enrollment 

Enrollment 2017-18

Number of UAA students enrolled......................................................................................................................................24,688
Number of Alaska Native students enrolled.........................................................................................................................2,350

Alaska Native/American Indian Awards/Degrees 2012-18

Certificate/Licensure.............................................................................................................................................................177
Associate.............................................................................................................................................................................560
Bachelor...............................................................................................................................................................................622
Masters................................................................................................................................................................................104
Doctorate.................................................................................................................................................................................1

Number of graduates for top 5 programs...................AK Native...............UAA

General Program...............................................................................................................................217............................1,905
Nursing..............................................................................................................................................73...............................753
Nursing Science ................................................................................................................................62...............................936
Accounting.........................................................................................................................................54..............................646
Human Services.................................................................................................................................53...............................404

Employees and Faculty 

Total UAA Employees.........................................................................................................................................................3,168
Total Alaska Native/American Indian Employees....................................................................................................................259
Total UAA Faculty...............................................................................................................................................................1,194
Total Alaska Native/American Indian Faculty............................................................................................................................64