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Thirty years later: A study of the long-term effect of Alaska's boarding schools
on Alaska Natives and their communities
Research participants wanted

We are conducting a study of the long-term effect of Alaska's boarding schools and boarding homes program on Alaska Natives and their communities, funded by the Ford Foundation. We are looking for individuals who would be willing to share their experiences in these educational settings. Specifically, we are seeking adults who attended boarding schools or were in the boarding home program prior to 1977. Interviews for this project will begin in October 2004, and will take place throughout Alaska, including at the AFN convention.

We will be asking questions about experiences in boarding schools or the boarding home program, opinions of the experience and the education received, and thoughts on the lasting outcomes and effects from attending these institutions. The data we are collecting will be used to write reports and publications and make presentations to policymakers, educators and Native organizations on issues of education policy and Alaska Native education. There is no financial compensation for participation. However, if you decide to participate, your willingness to share your experiences and knowledge could provide valuable insights for improving education policies in Alaska and in particular for Alaska Natives.

If you might be interested in talking with us, please click here to read our "How to Participate" page.