of Alaska Native Education
From the collection of Arthur Nagazruk The man
on the right is Arthur Nagazruk. Arthur was one of the first Alaska
Natives to serve as a BIA teacher. He taught in several rural
communities in Alaska and had a long and distinguished career.
Welcome. The links below lead to a variety of materials collected and
posted to help provide background on how education for Native people
has changed and stayed the same over the last century or so.
Thirty years later: A study of the long-term effect of Alaska's boarding
on Alaska Natives and their communities
reports, legislation, speeches, studies, legal texts, and articles about
Alaska Native education - with introduction by Paul Ongtooguk
correspondence and photographs depicting the history of Alaska Native
Hootch Court Case: Historical Documents
essays, and classrom materials written or co-authored by Alaskool Director
by Bill McDiarmid, Alaskool co-founder
to Other Internet Sites - Other online resources about the
history of Alaska Native and American Indian education
List of curricula
available on Alaskool
and Family Accounts
A rural community perspective on
teachers in rural Alaska...When
teachers come north and sanity goes south, ELISE PATKOTAK,
Heartland Magazine, September 1, 1996.
ELUDES NEEDIEST SCHOOLS, Anchorage
Daily News, Sunday, October 03, 1999. At Chevak School in Western
Alaska, student desks sit so close together that if one child
gets up to go to the bathroom, an entire row must stand and move.
Three hundred students are crammed inside an old wood-frame building
that was designed for half as many kids....[read
Alaska Solution for Schools, Essay Covering
School Funding Issues by Paul Ongtooguk.
Lessons in Coping:
School District Struggles Against Bush Realities to Keep Education
in Focus, Anchorage Daily News, Thursday, November 16, 2000.
Students file out of aging Akiachak Elementary School at the end
of a school day in late October. Building maintenance is just
one of several daunting challenges faced by the Yupiit School
COURSE FINDS ITS WAY
TO BUSH ALASKA, Anchorage Daily News, Thursday, December
31, 1998, By Mike Dunham, Daily News Reporter. In May, essayist
Earl Shorris came to town to promote his ideas for teaching the
humanities to disadvantaged people. Arguing that what keeps the
poor poor is their lack of access to the tools of analysis and negotiation
provided to the wealthy who receive exposure to the liberal arts
in upscale universities.