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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: economics, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, science

Timeline: one semester

Grade Levels: 7-12

Purpose: to develop skills needed by Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporation shareholders and citizens of Alaska to assess development options, make decisions and predict consequences


Sharon Moore
Development Options



Square bullet Activities

  • Research proposed resource development in the region:
  • invite someone from the regional or village corporation to speak to the class.

  • Select one project to study in depth:

    brainstorm kinds of information to collect

    identify issues such as profits and jobs versus environmental values and subsistence protection; long- versus short-term results.

  • Organize information as it accumulates.
  • Discuss options and consider possible consequences of each.
  • Compare pros and cons of the various options, and select one that seems best.
  • Have the group:

    make a recommendation to the local corporation

    testify at a public hearing

    write to legislators

    share the information with the community in other ways.

Square bullet Resources

  • corporation newsletters and financial reports
  • regional and village corporation employees, board members, and shareholders
  • federal and state agencies
  • regional planners
  • Alaskan Native Claims Settlement Act education materials


  • Form a mock corporation. 
  • Combine several classes. 
  • Roleplay the opinions of different organizations involved in resource development Native corporations, state or federal agencies, conservation groups, development companies, etc.


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