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Fairbanks, Alaska – November 4, 2015 – On November 20 , 21, and 22, in Fairbanks, at UAF, five actors and playwright, Alaska Native storyteller Jack Dalton, take the play Assimilation on tour around Alaska with the hopes of healing the entire state from this brutal history. It has already played at the Elders & Youth Conference, Denaina Center in Anchorage during AFN; the North Slope Healthy Living Summit, Barrow; Valdez; and Copper Valley. Further confirmed venues include Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, November 27 & 28 ; Seldovia, November 29 . Negotiations underway with the communities of Cordova, Cantwell, Healy, Soldotna, Unalakleet, and Nome.

Set in a dystopian future, the play flips the script on the boarding school history that plagued indigenous people around the world. In Assimilation, the Natives are running the boarding school and the Whites are being assimilated into Native culture. It premiered at Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage in 2010, and again at Out North Contemporary Art House in 2013, to sold out performances and critical acclaim. Then Anchorage Daily News Arts Editor, Mike Dunham, in 2013, wrote of Assimilation as “One of the most powerful pieces of locally written theater ever produced here.”

However brutal the play might be, the focus of the tour is healing. During the two previous productions, Alaska Natives who survived abuse at boarding school praised the play for telling the story of what happened to them without reopening the wounds. As Mentasta Ahtna Chief Fred John stated, at a panel discussion after a performance in 2013, “I have never cried for White boys before, but, I can tell you, I knew each character in this play. … Everybody in Alaska should see this play. It is time to heal this wound, and others.” When asked why she wanted to play Elder, the tyrannical head mistress of the boarding school, Louise Leonard, esteemed Cup’ik dancer from Chevak, stated, “It is time to start talking about this dark time. It is something hidden, in the closet, and we must heal from it.”

Following many of the performances, Talking/Healing Circles will be held to discuss this history, allowing survivors a safe place to share their experiences, and those unknowing of this history to offer support and reconciliation. Strategies for healing will be shared to encourage communities to choose for themselves which way to move forward. The hope is the play will start a statewide dialogue to heal, as a whole state, Native and non-Native alike, from this history. “This is a history the entire state must address,” playwright Jack Dalton states, “Whether your family has been here for generations, or you moved here last week, this history affects us all, and we must all come to terms with it in order to affect true healing.”

For more information about the tour, contact Jack Dalton via email,, or calling 907-227-4428, or messaging on Facebook, search Jack Julian Dalton.

Fairbanks performances are at the Lee H. Salisbury Theatre, Friday, November 20 at 7:30pm , Saturday, November 21 at 7:30pm , and Sunday, November 22 at 2:00pm . Tickets may be purchased online at (beginning Nov 6 ) or by calling 474-7751 (immediately).


Co-Management Symposium November 18, 19, 20, 2015 Fairbanks, AK

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar Dr. Greg Poelzer will present a public lecture focusing on indigenous people and the energy and natural resources industry in Canada.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, Sept 29 at 6 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. It is free and open to the public and will be webstreamed live at

Additional details are available at:…/

A student forum will be held on Wednesday, September 30 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Gathering Room in the Brooks Building. The Gathering Room is located on the ground floor, just inside the entrance.

The forum is an opportunity to discuss how we perceive and navigate change, particularly considering the roles of politics and activism in inspiring and accelerating change. Dr. Poelzer will share Canadian perspective in this context and he will incorporate questions into the program to facilitate an engaged discussion with students.


Dr. Poelzer has shared the following his recently published book, From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians.

RSVP to or call our office 907-474-6528

Join us! Open to the public!

Applcation deadline: October 15, 2015

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The Eighth Polar Law Symposium

  • September 23–24 (Wed–Thu) at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Wood Center
  • September 25–26 (Fri—Sat) at University of Alaska Anchorage

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We are writing to let you know that there is still time to apply for an exciting 2016-2017 U.S. Core Fulbright U.S.Scholar Program award in arctic affairs! Opportunities are available for teaching and/or research in nearly every discipline, from engineering to political science, anthropology, communications and more!

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2015 Major Mania Event Scheduled for March 27th

2015 Alaska Native Oratory Competition

2015 Alaska Native Studies Conference

Message from Assistant Professor Judy Ramos

Thursday March 5th , I will be presenting at the Alaska Anthropology Conference, I was invited by Aron Cowell  Who’s Driving? People and Climate as Causes of Northern Animal “Crashes”
Aron Crowell and Igor Krupnik, co-organizers – aaa 42nd Annual Meeting, March 4-7, 2015
Friday March 6th , I will be presenting on SE Native Culture. 
Fai event at school district: Southeast Alaska Native Cultural Immersion, Professional Development Event, March 6, 8:15 a.m. - Noon ; FNSB School District Admin Center Board Room, 520 Fifth Avenue

2015 AK Native & Rural Scholarship & Internship Fair


Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Time: 10AM-4PM

Location: Wood Center Ballroom, UAF campus

Door prizes for students 1PM-2PM - Potluck

General public is welcome

Alaska Native Corporations Seminar - pdf

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

UAF Murie Auditorium

Light Refreshments 5PM

Seminar 6PM

2015 Festival of Native Arts - Fairbanks, AK

Event dates: March 5, 6, 7, 2015

For more information, please visit the Festival of Native Arts website.

2015 Alaska Native Studies Conference - Fairbanks, AK

Conference dates: March 6-8, 2015

Call for papersdue December 1, 2014

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