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

Barbara Blake, M.A.

Assistant Professor

P.O. Box 756500

Fairbanks, AK 99775-6500

Phone: (907) 474-5948

Fax: (907) 474-6325


'Wáahlaal Gidáak (Haida)-Barbara Blake (English) is an Assistant Professor for DANSRD. She is of Haida, Tlingit and Ahtna Athabascan descent and belongs to the Yahkw ’Láanaas (Raven/Shark House) clan. She received her Master’s degree from UAF in Rural Development focusing her project on Fisheries Development in Rural Alaska. She received her undergraduate degree(s) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a BA in Rural Economic Development and an AA in Tribal Management. She also holds a certificate in Tribal Governmental Business Law from Seattle University.

Her former employment includes Program Assistant in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Office of Tribal Relations. Other experience includes internships/fellowships as an Obama Organizing Fellow; First Alaskans Institute Public Policy Legislative Fellow (Office of Alaska State Senator Albert Kookesh); Washington Internship for Native Students Intern (USDA Rural Development-Tribal Affairs, USDA-US Forest Service-Office of Tribal Relations); Sealaska Corporation Accounting Intern; Alyeska Pipeline Property/Tax Accounting Intern; and Ahtna Regional Incorporated Moana Wave Intern. She has also served on the Sealaska Corporation board as a Youth Board Advisor. Her memberships include the Alaska Native Sisterhood-Camp 2, Natives for Positive Change, Society of American Indian Government Employees, Native Alaskan Business Leaders, Native Emerging Leaders Forum, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Society, Polynesian Voyage Society-Worldwide Voyage and the Heinyaa Kwan Dancers.