Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development

Fairbanks office:

3rd floor Brooks Building

PO Box 756500

Fairbanks, AK 99775


Phone: (907) 474-6528

Toll free: 1-888-574-6528

Fax: (907) 474-6325


Anchorage office:

2221 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Room 200

Anchorage, AK 99508


Phone: (907) 279-2700

Toll free: 1-800-770-9531

Fax: (907) 279-2716

Hours: M-F 8AM-5PM

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to increase cultural awareness and strengthen leadership capacity for rural and Indigenous communities in Alaska and the Circumpolar North through degree programs that promote academic excellence, personal development, professional skills, global awareness and respect for Indigenous cultures and commitment to community.


Ralph Gabrielli, DANSRD Interim Director

Welcome to the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development website.

If you are interested in further developing your leadership and management skills for improving the quality of life in your indigenous or rural community you should check us out. You can earn an Alaska Native Studies or  Rural Development degree on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks or by distance delivery through audioconference classes from wherever you are. Students learn from highly qualified faculty, including Native faculty, Elders, guest presenters, and perhaps most importantly, from each other.

The DANSRD Program has a rich history. The Rural Development BA program has been in existence since 1984, the B.A. distance-delievered Program since 1994, and the Rural Development M.A. program since 2000. We are very proud of the positive impact our students and graduates have on their communities. Since its inception our programs have produced 200+ graduates. Our students and graduates are in many management and leadership positions with their village governments, corporations, organizations and government agencies. Our students and graduates are spread throughout Alaska and beyond. We are now beginning to see international students join the program.

One of our goals is to create a network of Alaska Native Studies (ANS) and Rural Development (RD) graduates throughout Alaska, the Circumpolar North, and around the world. If there is one thing we can say about our students and graduates it is that they are making a difference.

Looking to REGISTER for ANS or RD courses?

Please click on the link for the course schedule and registration form.

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Fall 2013 DANSRD Newsletter

Competition sponsored by the UAF Natives for Positive Change club:

The Alaska Native Oratory Society is a learning community and a series of speaking events that provide opportunities for Alaska Native, Native American and Non-Native university students to develop their oratory skills through participation in five speech categories: Oratory, Dramatic Declamation, Traditional Storytelling, Native Languages, and Poetry/Humor/Music.

Students enter one category or several categories depending on their goals and skill level. All students are encouraged to learn how to speak in the style of their community or region or to learn how to speak in the style of a specific Alaska Native/Native American cultural group. This competition will take place April 19, 2014 on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus starting at 11AM.

To participate click here to complete form. Prizes will be given to first, second and third place.

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