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Native Pathways to Education
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: land claims, government, history, current events, decision making, economics

Timeline: two weeks

Grade Levels: high school

Purpose: to understand the responsibilities of stockholders in Native corporations; to practice decision making; to learn group decision making; to exercise strategies for planning


S. Steele
Mock Board of
Directors Meeting



Square bullet Activities

  • Divide the class into two groups. One group represents the regional corporation, the other, the village corporation.
  • Each group elects a president who will decide how to conduct business and secretary who will record proceedings.
  • Each group will formulate corporate ideology, goals, and objectives. The regional corporation will decide whether:

    to encourage subsistence or development

    to concentrate on providing services or making a profit to invest profits or distribute dividends

    The village corporation will decide:

    to be profit or nonprofit

    which revenue sources should be exploited, and will make land selections, or

    propose projects based on corporate objectives.

  • Allow several days for brainstorming.
  • The regional corporation will present their long-range goals, and the village corporation will present their land selection or development plans for approval.
  • Both groups should discuss each other's decisions, negotiate differences, and reach agreement.

Square bullet Resources

  • articles of incorporation and bylaws of regional corporation and village corporation 
  • Alaska Native Land Claims by Arnold
  • Bureau of Land management maps
  • survey of community-what do you feel the corporation should do?
  • minutes, board actions of real corporations
  • board members of real corporations 
  • Roberts Rules of Order, for the combined presentations and negotiations


  • If the class is small, the whole class could first be the regional corporation. Once they formulate their goals and policy in written form, they then could assume the role of village corporation and make village corporation policies based on the first set of goals. 
  • If the class really gets into this, they could request to make their presentation to their real village corporation. Or, they could write a business letter to their corporation and request that the corporation present its policies and plans to the class.


Carving and Jewelry Co-Op

Fund-Raising: Concessions/Raffle/Auction/T-Shirt Sales

Rummage Sales

Mail Order Business

School-Based Enterprises

Café Operation

Open House

Community Use of School Library

Village Recreation

Guest Speakers


Local Livelihood

On-the-Job/Cooperative Education

College Preparation

Teacher's Aide Training

Managing Community Affairs

Land Claims Brainstorming

The Corporation Game or Alaska Monopoly

Reconveyances: ANCSA Studies

Resource Development Options

City Council Meeting Simulation

Mock Board of Directors Meeting

REAA School Board Trip

Your Village

Family Tree

Village Archaeology

Building Traditional Dwellings

Cultural Heritage Projects

Traditional Hunters Manual

Ethnic Dinners

Following the Iditarod Dog Race

Visit to the Tribes

Trip to Mexico

Cross-Country Skiing

Firearms Handling

First-Aid Training

Christmas Shopping      



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006