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

The Drumbeats Alaska Collaborative was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ANNH grant to enhance educational equity while strengthening the sustainability and development of Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan communities.  Objectives are as follows:

1) Advance Indigenous and Western knowledge and its application to food and energy security and sustainable livelihoods.  

2) Increase leadership in resource stewardship and civics. 

3) Facilitate collaborations to strengthen place-based subsistence knowledge and practice.

Drumbeats Alaska 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 Drumbeats Alaska 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 out of  Interior Alaska campus in Fairbanks
  • Food Security Project out of Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue

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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 2017-38426-27151.