Alaska Native Studies Council
The Alaska Native Studies Council promotes a deeper and more sustained commitment to integrating Indigenous perspectives into a variety of educational settings. Our mission it to identify, develop, and implement Native-focused curricula, to promote and publish Alaska Native-related research and pedagogical strategies, and to develop a strategic plan to help us attain this goals.
Creating a Council
Since an initial meeting in 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska Native faculty and staff from UAS, UAF, and UAA, have been teleconferencing to strategize ways to work together to improve Alaska Native student success. In 2010, the group established The Alaska Native Studies Council to facilitate a deeper, more sustained commitment to integrating Indigenous perspectives into a variety of educational settings.
The purpose of the Alaska Natives Studies Council is to mentor, support, and increase exchange of indigenous knowledge and Alaska Native ways of knowing. The mission of the organizations is to identify, develop, and implement Native-focused curricula, to promote and publish Alaska Native-related research and pedagogical strategies.
The outcomes of the Council have been the initiation of the first Alaska Native Studies conferences hosted by UAA in 2012, UAS, in 2013, and UAF in 2014, returning to UAA in 2015. The UAA 2013 conference resulted in Conference Proceedings publication Transforming the University: Alaska Native Studies in the 21st Century, and the UAS conference produced Growing Our Own: Indigenous Research, Scholars and Education. UAF proceedings are in progress. The conference returned to UAA spring 2016 and will be hosted at UAF Spring 2017.
Letter to the Board of Regents requesting that an Alaska Native Studies course be required for graduation.
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