The Drumbeats Alaska Consortium was developed with support from the USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program (ANNH) to implement the IANS project. The goal of IANS is to invigorate Alaska Native community practices to enchance food and energy systems, security and sovereignty through educational equity. Objectives are as follows:
1) Enhanced wild and cultivated food systems, including Alaska Native stewardship and traditional and customary practices through place-based education
2) Increased sustainable energy system development through place-based education
3) Strengthened Alaska Native student and participant leadership in community food and energy systems
4) Incubated partnerships and coordinated use of resources expand educational equity in the food and energy educational programming
Drumbeats Alaska Consortium is comprised of academic and community outreach programs from five Alaska Native-Serving Institution campuses within UAF College of Rural and Community Development:
- Sustainable Energy (SE) | Bristol Bay Campus - Dillingham
- Ethnobotany (EBOT) | Kuskokwim Campus - Bethel
- High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) | Northwest Campus - Nome
- Tribal Governance & Stewardship (TGS) | Interior Alaska Campus - Fairbanks
- Food Security & Sovereignty (FSS) | Chukchi Campus - Kotzebue
IANS strengthens educational capacity by supporting faculty to provide food, agricultural and natural resource systems and science curriculum. Faculty employ place-based Indigenous and Western knowledge to design and deliver curricula that increases relevance, while improving student recruitment and retention.
This multifaceted project provides education through distance delivery instruction, experiential learning and place-based instruction. IANS enhances student decision-making, communication and leadership skills to improve quality of life in their communities.
Left Photo: Todd Radenbaugh - BBC ENVI students measuring sockeye salmon in local stream at Summer Science Camp 2016 in Dillingham, AK.
Right Photo: Greg Finstad - Portable slaughter & meat processing classroom in Savoonga, AK.
This work is supported by Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program [grant no. 2021-38426-35089] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.