Alaska Native Programs


UAA serves over 2,000 Alaska Natives, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students. We graduate over 250 AN/AI students each year in over 25 degree programs. Our campuses, located in Anchorage, Mat-Su, Kenai, Kodiak and Prince William Sound, are located on the traditional homelands of the Dena'ina and Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, and Eyak peoples.

Anchorage is sometimes affectionately called “Alaska’s largest village” and has been identified as the city with the highest percentage of Alaska Natives and American Indians in the United States; UAA offers a variety of Alaska Native programs, services, and opportunities.

The University of Alaska Anchorage strives to support its unique and diverse community by employing faculty who come from a myriad of different backgrounds. UAA recognizes and values the diversity of our unique location in Southcentral Alaska, the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiak, and Eyak peoples. 

Rural Alaskan Village

Native Student Services wants to help Alaska Native students with the transition from their hometown to UAA and from high school to college. One way they help is through the Native Early Transition program! This helps students become familiar with UAA BEFORE the first day of classes by granting access to personalized transitional advising, providing an introduction to campus-wide systems, and allowing students to move into the Residence Halls early. This is also a great way to make new friends, connect with staff and faculty!

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Jeane Breinig

Jeane T'áaw xíwaa Breinig, PhD
Alaska Natives & Diversity
Office: ADM -221
Phone: 907-786-4358

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