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Troth Yeddha' Indigenous Studies Center News

UAF Chancellor Dan White
Friday Focus: The Troth Yeddha' Indigenous Studies Center – coming soon to UAF

by UAF Chancellor Dan White
Nov. 23, 2022

"I look forward to the day when the sun rises, just as it is today, and casts long shadows from the vertical support members deep into the TYISC, into the teaching kitchen, classrooms and seminar spaces. Spaces filled with students, faculty, staff and community members.

It is then that we will have achieved the late Chief Peter John’s vision that our use of Troth Yeddha’ is the traditional use. One of teaching and learning, of carrying on the sharing of traditional knowledge."

 

Friday Focus: Being a leader in Indigenizing the Academy

— By Charlene Stern, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education
Oct. 14, 2022

With the recent celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 10 across UAF’s campuses, I could not help but reflect upon the journey that has brought us to where we are on the pathway to our goal of becoming a global leader in Alaska Native and Indigenous Studies.

Perhaps one of the most exciting initiatives that lies ahead is the construction of the Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center on the West Ridge of campus.

 

Troth Yeddha’ update

Aug. 31, 2022

— Charlene Stern, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education

The Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center is UAF’s primary fundraising initiative, and an embodiment of UAF’s strategic priority to strengthen our position as global leaders in Alaska Native and Indigenous programs.

 

Board of Regents approves Troth Yeddha’ project

Jeff Richardson
907-474-6284
June 3, 2022

The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Friday unanimously voted for formal project approval for the Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center and Park.

 

Friday Focus: Reflecting on ANCSA

April 22, 2022

— By Charlene Stern, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education

As part of the symposium, Doyon sponsored an evening reception which also served as a fundraiser for the future Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center, UAF’s No. 1 capital priority. Named after the wild potato plant that was traditionally harvested by Interior tribes along the ridge that UAF’s main campus currently resides on, the Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center will be key to achieving UAF’s goal of becoming a global leader in Alaska Native and Indigenous Studies.

 

$1 million Kinross gift boosts Troth Yeddha’ initiative

Marmian Grimes
907-474-7902
April 13, 2022

A $1 million donation from Kinross will bring the Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center one step closer to reality.

The gift, announced Tuesday evening, will fund schematic design and bid specifications for the 34,000-square-foot facility at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Friday Focus: Highlighting UA's Alaska Native Success Initiative

June 17, 2021
— by Charlene Stern, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education

In January 2021, President Pitney kicked off the Alaska Native Success Initiative (ANSI) to help frame a set of goals and processes for addressing Alaska Native educational success throughout the University of Alaska system.In January 2021, President Pitney kicked off the Alaska Native Success Initiative (ANSI) to help frame a set of goals and processes for addressing Alaska Native educational success throughout the University of Alaska system.

 


More TYISC News and Events 

Friday Focus: Troth Yeddha’ and beyond

The UAF Troth Yeddha’ Campus resides upon a hill whose name came from the Dena people of the lower Tanana River. Troth Yeddha’ means “potato ridge.” In 2013, it became the official, USGS-recognized name for the hill. The Dena people are one of 11 Dene (Athabascan) nations of Interior Alaska, which include the Gwich’in and Koyukon peoples of my family.

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Annual 5K race promotes Troth Yeddha’ legacy

“The Race for the Park helps us make strides for the Troth Yeddha’ legacy as we carry on a similar traditional use of the hill, a place for positive thought and working together,” said Sandra Kowalski, UAF's director of indigenous programs.

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UAF, Native Community Launch Troth Yeddha Park, Indigenous Center Project

Alaska Native and University of Alaska-Fairbanks officials hosted a ceremony on the campus’s West Ridge yesterday to unveil a sign marking the location of the planned Troth Yeddha Park and Indigenous Studies Center.

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