Strengthening Alaska Native Stewardship
The Strengthening Alaska Native Stewardship (SANS) Collaborative was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ANNH grant to promote educational equity that strengthens and sustains the development of Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan communities. Objectives are as follows:
1) Enhance capacity for local food and energy security.
2) Increase access to innovative place-based programs in the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human (FANH) Sciences.
3) Advance leadership in resource stewardship and civics.
SANS programs use culturally-appropriate methods of instruction and outreach, seek to engage communities at multiple levels, promote scientific inquiry, provide hands-on learning experiences and access to education and career pathways otherwise not available to residents in remote areas of Alaska.
The SANS Collaborative is comprised of academic programs from five Alaska Native Serving Institution (ANSI) campuses within UAF College of Rural and Community Development:
- Environmental Studies (ENVI) out of Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham
- Ethnobotany (EBOT) out of Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel
- High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) out of Northwest Campus in Nome
- Tribal Stewardship (TS) out of Interior Alaska campus in Fairbanks
- Food Security & Sovereignty (FSS) Project out of Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue
Photo: Todd Radenbaugh - BBC ENVI students measuring sockeye salmon in local stream at Summer Science Camp 2016 in Dillingham, AK.
This work is supported by Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program [grant no. 2019-38426-30390/project accession no. 1020604] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.