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Alaska Native Studies Conference

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM (AKDT)

Alaska Native Studies Conference

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Regular Registration
Register here for the full conference on March 15 & 16. Registration also includes breakfast and lunch on both days and closing reception Sunday evening.
Ended $210.00 $0.00
Student Registration
Students qualify for a discounted price. Student registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days and reception Sunday evening.
Ended $30.00 $0.00
Elders - FREE (please register)
Elders may register for free. Please be sure to register so your name is on our list. Elder registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days and reception Sunday evening.
Ended Free $0.00
Pre-Conference Session (Friday, March 14)
Friday, March 14, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Register for this afternoon pre-conference session on Alaska Native Literature and Art. Location: Juneau Arts & Humanities Council in downtown Juneau. Refreshments provided.
Ended $20.00 $0.00
UAF Indigenous Studies Ph.D. Student Seminar (Friday, March 14)
Pre-Conference Session. UAF Ph.D. Indigenous Studies Meeting for students enrolled in the program only. FREE - please register.
Ended Free $0.00

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Alaska Native Studies Conference

March 14-16, 2014 


Location: University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau, Alaska

Hosted by the University of Alaska


The Alaska Native Studies Council invites you to attend the second annual Alaska Native Studies Conference, held in Juneau, Alaska. Join us to hear about research and activism from all fields related to Alaska Native Studies of the past, present, and future.


The Alaska Native Studies Council promotes a deeper and more sustained commitment to integrating Indigenous perspectives into a variety of educational settings. Our mission is to identify, develop, and implement Native-focused curricula, to promote and publish Alaska Native-related research and pedagogical strategies, to reshape the University of Alaska into an Alaska Native serving institution, and to develop a strategic plan to attain these goals.



Schedule of Events:


Friday, March 14

Pre-Conference sessions

Topic: Alaska Native Literature and Art (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

A reception with weaving demonstrations by weavers Lily Hope, Ricky Tagaban, Liana Wallace, Marsha Hotch, and Shgen George will lead into lectures on the significance of woven art. A dance performance and readings by Ishmael Hope, Lance Twitchell, and Ernestine Hayes will follow. Finally, readings by Alaska State Write Laureate Nora Dauenhauer and former Alaska Poet Laureate Richard Dauenhauer will complete the event.

Location: Juneau Arts & Humanities Council

350 Whittier Street (downtown)


Topic: UAF Indigenous Studies Ph.D. Student Seminar (9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

 ***For pre-identified Ph.D. students only***
The UAF Indigenous Studies Ph.D. student seminar is a meeting for students who are currently in the Indigenous Studies Ph.D. program.  These students who reside within or outside of Alaska come together during this spring pre-conference.  UAF faculty members address their program updates, logistics, as well as provide peer support with PhD students and candidates.  The ambitious one-day agenda includes the keynote speakers sharing their research endeavors and inspirational advice to the Ph.D. students. 

Location: Schaible House

9380 Mendenhall Loop Road


Note: a separate registration is required to participate in pre-conference activities


Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

Full conference with multiple breakout sessions



  • Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem) is a member of the Sto:lo First Nations in Canada. She is Associate Dean for Indigenous Education and Professor of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her book “Indigenous Storywork: Education the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit” uses the metaphor of Indigenous basket weaving to introduce readers to Indigenous ways of understanding knowledge.

  • Dr. Malia Villegas, Director, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Malia Villegas is Sugpiaq/Alutiiq with family from Kodiak and Afognak Islands in Alaska and O’ahu and Lana’i in Hawai’i. She is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Afognak in Alaska. Currently Dr. Villegas is the Director of the Policy Research Center at the National Congress of American Indians. She received her PhD from Harvard and was a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Villegas has a strong network across the Indigenous Pacific and is a leader in community-based participatory research and is involved in major policy in the areas of Indigenous methodologies and research.




Two blocks of rooms have been reserved for the Alaska Native Studies Conference participants at the below hotels.  Rooms are approximately $109/night.

Goldbelt Hotel

Located in downtown Juneau

51 Egan Drive

TEL: 907-586-6900


Travelodge Hotel

Located in the Valley near the airport

9200 Glacier Highway

TEL: 1-800-525-4055


Shuttle service between Goldbelt Hotel & Travelodge Hotel to/from the UAS campus will be provided once in the morning and once in the evening for March 15 & 16.  Car rentals with most national chains are also available at the Juneau Airport.


Breakfast and lunch provided March 15 & March 16 to all conference participants.  Dinners on your own. Closing reception Sunday evening also included.

Conference program and further updates will be posted at:


Program Committee: 

Lance Twitchell (Tlingit/Haida/Yup’ik), UAS

Maria Williams (Tlingit), UAA

Alberta Jones (Alutiiq/Tsimshian), UAS

Ernestine Hayes (Tlingit), UAS



Refunds are not available within one week of the conference.


Have questions about Alaska Native Studies Conference? Contact the organizer

When & Where

University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM (AKDT)

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