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Lani Hotch, executive director of the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, stands next to her contemporary weaving that represents Berners Bay. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)

Klukwan’s Jilkaat Kwaan heritage center aims to ‘carry culture forward’

By | Alaska Native Arts & Culture, Arts & Culture, Featured News, History, Local Government, Southeast | No Comments
It was a historic year for the Chilkat Indian village of Klukwan. After more than a decade of work, the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center opened its doors in May. The center tells the still-evolving story of the Chilkat people and also houses some of the world’s most admired works of Northwest Coast Art, the Whale House Collection.
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North Slope Borough school district students will now be required to learn about their local government and history in order to graduate. (Photo by frankjuarez, Flickr Creative Commons)

North Slope schools expand curricula to ‘reflect ideologies of the Inupiat’

By | Alaska Native Arts & Culture, Alaska Native Government & Policy, Arts & Culture, Education, Featured News, Local Government, North Slope, Subsistence | No Comments
North Slope government and history is now part of high school graduation requirements for all North Slope Borough schools. The borough school board passed a new policy this month making the curriculum change mandatory for students, effectively beginning with freshmen who start in 2017.
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