Strengthening Alaska Native Stewardship

BBC ENVI students measuring sockeye salmon in local stream at Summer Science Camp 2016 in Dillingham, AK.

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 material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-38426-30390.