Click below to view the first Alaska Language Revitalization Digest of the New Year!

Alaska Language Revitalization Digest Vol 3 No 1 1.16.18.pdf

Applications now open!

Dec. 15, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018

Recruitment is now underway for the second cohort of Alaska Salmon Fellows. Alaska Humanities Forum is currently seeking and accepting nominations for outstanding individuals who bring energy, vision, commitment, and innovative/diverse perspectives that would enhance the sustainability and equity of Alaska’s salmon/people system.

Click HERE for more information.

Register today for the Native American Career Success Academy!

The NACSA program is an online professional development curriculum for Native youth. The curriculum consists of two modules: Career Preparation and Navigating Your Real Costs. The coursework is designed to help Native youth develop the skill set and confidence required to become financially responsible young adults and successful young professionals.

The holidays are a great time to register and complete this curriculum. On average, it takes about 7-10 hours to complete both modules.

Successful completion of the NACSA curriculum makes youth 18-24 years old eligible for our Gen-I Career Success Fellowship. The fellowship program is designed to help students discover and articulate their career interests and prepare them for success in their chosen career.

Fellows will receive an all expense paid trip to New Orleans, LA in April 2018 to participate in a day-long Leadership Summit prior to attending the Annual NAFOA Conference. There, they will attend networking events and luncheons, as well as track sessions and participate in off-site visits.


January 29, 2018: Last day to sign up for NASCA

February 12, 2018: Last day to apply for the Fellowship

April 22, 2018: Leadership Summit

April 23 & 24, 2018: NAFOA Conference

For questions or comments please contact Cody Harjo, NAFOA Education Coordinator, at or (202) 407-2368

Alaska Native students from all around Alaska are now able to attend the state’s only tribal college tuition-free.

“We looked at some of the obstacles that students — especially those in rural Alaska — have in going to college and money was one of them,” said Janelle Everett, Iḷisaġvik College’s director of recruitment. “The North Slope is fortunate in that there is wealth here, but that wealth is not necessarily in other parts of the state. People may not have the finances to attend college.”

Iḷisaġvik recently announced that starting next semester, Native students who are over the age of 18 will be able to apply for a tuition waiver to attend both distance learning and campus-based classes.

Read more here.

National American Indian Virtual Science & Engineering Fair

AISES is hosting its fifth virtual science and engineering fair!

Students from 5th-12th grade can participate in the NAIVSEF. There are two categories for entrants, Senior Division (grades 9-12) and Junior Division (grades 5-8). NAIVSEF projects may be submitted by individual students or teams of up to three students. Each participant (whether an individual or team) must have one adult sponsor. The sponsor can be either a parent, teacher, or mentor. AISES awards cash prizes to the winners of each division.

The NAIVSEF differs from other SSP-affiliated fairs in that it is a “Virtual Science Fair”. Unlike live fairs, virtual fairs do not require travel as the fair and judging are conducted online and via teleconference calls. Participants submit their projects as videos and slideshows online.

Read more about NAIVSEF at:


  • Online registration 
    September 18 – February 14, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts March 1, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of projects videos/slideshows
    March 23, 2018
  • Online judging of completed projects
    March 26 – 30, 2018
  • Interview date/time notices sent by email no later than 
    March 30, 2018
  • Winners notified and announced
    April 13, 2018

A complete timeline can be found at:

Do you know an outstanding education advocate in the community who deserves recognition for their commitment?

You can submit a nomination form online for the 2017 Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year award HERE. Deadline: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

About the Award:

The Bernice M. Joseph Advocate of the Year award recognizes a business or individual in the business community that have consistently shown a commitment to education through sustained partnership, outreach, or career development opportunities that improve the educational experience of students and demonstrate partnership innovation and creativity. All employees of Chamber member businesses are eligible to receive this award.

Native American Heritage Month Series

Our last events for Native American Heritage Month will take place after Thanksgiving Break. Here’s the schedule:

Traditional Inuit Tattoos – Tuesday 11/28 from 1-2:00pm

Marjorie Tahbone shares her research and practice of traditional knowledge among Inuit cultures.

Visiting Elder – Tuesday 11/28 from 5:30-6:30pm

Join Ruth Biden for coffee and conversation. Ruth was born and raised in Utqiaġvik and now lives in Fairbanks, AK.

Storytelling Hour – Thursday 11/30 from 9-10:00am

Start your morning with Kenneth Frank. He will treat us to some Gwich’in traditional stories, oral history, and humor.

Food Preservation Demo – Thursday 11/30 from 5:30-7:00pm

Join Kathleen Meckel and Adrienne Blatchford as they talk about natural food sources and demonstrate preserving them.

All events are free and will be in the Brooks Gathering Room. No sign-up necessary!

If you have any questions, please contact Brianna Pauling at bpaulin1.


Rural Student Services

Fall 2017 Office Hours:
Monday through Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm

If you need to schedule an appointment with an advisor, please call (907) 474-7871 (locally) or (888) 478-1452 (toll free within Alaska).

You can also schedule online at:

Office location: Second Floor Brooks Buildling

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