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    Regents approve Indigenous studies center, planetarium at UAF

    February 23, 2024

    The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Friday approved two projects that will reshape the University of Alaska Fairbanks Troth Yeddha' Campus.
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    Friday Focus: Troth Yeddha' Forever

    February 23, 2024

    As the sun shines ever more brightly, I am finding renewed energy and deep gratitude as we move toward transitioning from winter to spring. I'm excited about all the possibilities that this time of year holds at UAF. The 50th Annual Festival of Native Arts is a student-led celebratory event this week. The theme is "Troth Yeddha' Forever: Our Ways of Life". Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in exciting traditional Alaska Native activities including, native dancing, language learning, beading, wellness practices, making fish ice cream - called akutaq or vanhgiq (ah-gu-duk or von-guk), and so much more. It is a great time for reflection about where we have come from and where we are headed, as well as the impact these types of activities have on our sense of community, connectedness, and belonging. I humbly share a few personal reflections as examples of the impact Troth Yeddha' campus, activities, and people have had in my life.
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    Festival of Native Arts to mark 50th celebration this week

    February 19, 2024

    The 50th Festival of Native Arts will be held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Troth Yeddha' Campus on Feb. 22-24, 2024.
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  • Backlit fireweed during an Alaskan sunset. USFWS photo by Lisa Hupp.

    Seminar: Co-stewardship, from concept to actions

    February 12, 2024

    February's A Place for Knowledge Exchange seminar is on co-stewardship, from concept to actions. The conversation will include Carrie Stevens, Mary Hostetter and Ralph Wolfe. The seminar is co-hosted by the College of Rural and Community Development and the International Arctic Research Center.
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    Festival of Native Arts will mark 50th celebration in 2024

    January 19, 2024

    The 50th Festival of Native Arts, Troth Yeddha' Forever: Our Ways of Life, will be held at the UAF Troth Yeddha' Campus Fine Arts Complex, Feb 22-24, 2024.
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    RAHI application period opens for summer 2024

    January 12, 2024

    The Rural Alaska Honors Institute is accepting applications for its summer 2024 session. The session will run from May 28 to July 12. Applications are due by Friday, March 1.
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    Friday Focus: Happy start of the new year

    January 11, 2024

    Happy new year and start of the spring semester to the UAF community! I hope that you experienced a joyful holiday season and are looking forward to what 2024 has to bring. We have so much happening at UAF that continues to make it a wonderful place to be.
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  • ANLC Emmy award-winning producers honored with commemorative gathering

    December 20, 2023

    The Alaska Native Language Center's film "Awake" won a Northwest Regional Emmy through the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences earlier this year. The College of Rural and Community Development celebrated the Alaska Native Language Center and producer Maggie King for their work on this film.
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  • Minnie Naylor, the director for the UAF Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue, is the rural staff spotlight for December 2023.

    December Rural Staff Spotlight: Minnie Naylor

    December 15, 2023

    Minnie Naylor serves as the director for the UAF Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue. Minnie's work and presence as a supportive, upbeat, and caring UAF rural staff member and her positive attitude and unwavering support have created a nurturing and empowering environment at Chukchi Campus.
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    Report on missing Indigenous people features Alaska chapter

    December 08, 2023

    A national report on missing, murdered and trafficked Indigenous people features a separate chapter on Alaska's situation, according to a University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant professor who helped create the document.
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  • Internationally acclaimed Yup’ik artist Golga Oscar joins the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus in December 2023. Photo by Golga Oscar.

    Acclaimed Yup'ik artist joins UAF Kuskokwim Campus

    December 07, 2023

    The College of Rural and Community Development welcomes acclaimed Yup'ik artist Golga Oscar to the new Native arts coordinator position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel, Alaska.
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  • Fireweed photo by Lisa Hupp USFWS

    CRCD and IARC co-host 'A Place for Knowledge Exchange' seminar series

    November 29, 2023

    The College of Rural and Community Development and the International Arctic Research Center are excited to co-host a new virtual seminar series called "A Place for Knowledge Exchange." The monthly conversations will cover collaborative approaches to research, education and real-life community-based practices in rural Alaska.
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  • Tamamta retreat in August 2023. UAF photo by Jeff Richardson

    Friday Focus: Tamamta - All of Us - transforming together

    November 17, 2023

    We are so proud of the collective work of the Tamamta program. Tamamta means all of us in Yugtun and Sugs'tun. Inspired by Indigenous students, scholars, and leaders - the Tamamta team came together to seek deep transformation in how we teach about, study, and govern fisheries in Alaska. We uplift Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous knowledge systems, and Tribal governance to the center of fishery systems - systems Indigenous Peoples have been stewarding across Alaska for thousands of years.
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  • Alaska Native Language Center bookstore reopens

    November 13, 2023

    The UAF Alaska Native Language Center Bookstore, a cultural hub dedicated to preserving and promoting indigenous languages, celebrates its reopening today, Nov. 13.
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    Professor Tia Tidwell featured on new podcast, The Alaska Myth

    November 13, 2023

    Tia Tidwell, assistant professor of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was a guest on the first episode of the new podcast, The Alaska Myth. The Alaska Myth is a podcast about how Alaskans view our history and ourselves.
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  • Student Services members pose for a photo in a hallway during training summit.

    Advisors travel from rural campuses for training summit

    November 08, 2023

    An advising and student services training summit brought together advisors from all of UAF's five rural campuses in September with support from the College of Rural and Community Development and the Vice Chancellor's Office of Rural, Community and Native Education. The three-and-a-half-day training experience at the Troth Yeddha' Campus gathered approximately thirty College of Rural and Community Development student support staff and advisors to learn, network, and grow together.
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  • Participants in the summer 2023 Tamamta retreat hold a circle discussion at Howard Luke Gaalee’ya Spirit Camp.

    Tamamta program honored by APLU

    October 20, 2023

    UAF's Tamamta program has been honored with the Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in University Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
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  • Jessica Black, associate vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education

    Friday Focus: Celebrating Indigenous excellence

    October 13, 2023

    This past Monday, Oct. 9, we celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day. A host of events occurred here on Troth Yeddha' campus and across our rural campuses. On Troth Yeddha' campus there was a frybread taco fundraiser put on by the Festival of Native Arts club and events including the Iñu-Yupiaq Dance group, fish skin sewing, and Native games demonstrations. At the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel there were several events, including hands-on akutaq making, beading, and mask making and a Native foods potluck. At the Northwest Campus in Nome and at the Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham, Native films were showcased. Commemorating this day allows us Indigenous peoples to celebrate and share with others who we are, including our rich histories and the contemporary lives we live. As associate vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education, I get to work on and applaud Indigenous excellence each and every day.
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    UAF hosting 2023 Indigenous Peoples Day events

    October 04, 2023

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day this year with an afternoon full of cultural events and workshops.
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    Black receives 2023 Bullock Prize for service to the UA system

    September 15, 2023

    The University of Alaska Foundation Board of Directors has awarded the 2023 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence to Jessica Black. Black, associate vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been a faculty member since 2006.
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  • Chris Cannon, Sean Asikłuk Topkok, Michael Koskey and Yoko Kugo, all doctorate-holding faculty members at the UAF Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, accept a 10-year accreditation from the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium during its annual general membership meeting in Fairbanks in July.

    Center for Cross-Cultural Studies receives 10-year accreditation

    September 15, 2023

    The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies has received 10-year accreditation from the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium.
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  • Charlene Stern, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education

    Friday Focus: Fall-time transitions and higher education

    August 18, 2023

    Growing up in interior Alaska, fall time represents a season of transitions. The long summer days begin to shorten. The air gets a little crisper. The leaves begin to change color. And we at UAF are busy preparing for the start of the new academic year. Our various campuses from Dillingham to Fairbanks and everywhere in between are teeming with the energy of students, faculty and staff. It is a great time to be a part of the UAF community. An aspect of UAF that I appreciate most is our enduring commitment to increasing the accessibility of higher education.
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  • A woman wearing a floral sweater looks at garden plants while a man in a purple shirt looks on.

    $1 million USDA investment supports food, energy sovereignty

    August 03, 2023

    A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide continued support for a University of Alaska Fairbanks project aimed at educating and preparing the next generation of Alaska Native agriculture leaders.
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  • Uher, Plumb to serve as interim deans

    July 19, 2023

    Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education Charlene Stern has announced that Bryan Uher will serve as interim dean of the UAF Community and Technical College starting on Aug. 2. Uher, who is currently CRCD's dean, will replace CTC Dean Michele Stalder, who is retiring.
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  • Minnie Naylor is the newly appointed director of the UAF Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue.

UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

    Minnie Naylor appointed director of UAF Chukchi Campus

    July 14, 2023

    Minnie Naylor continues her leadership of the Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue as newly appointed campus director effective July 2.
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