of Natives Guidelines for
At its quarterly meeting in May 1993, the AFN Board of Directors
adopted a policy recommendation that includes a set of research
principles to be conveyed to scientists who plan to conduct studies
among Alaska Natives.
The principles were sent out to all Native organizations and
villages in the hope that compliance by researchers will deter abuses
such as those committed in the past which have lately come to
Alaska Natives share with the scientific community an interest ~n
learning more about the history and culture of our societies. The
best scientific and ethical standards are obtained when Alaska
Natives are directly involved in research conducted in our
communities and in studies where the findings have a direct impact on
AFN recommends to public and private institutions that conduct or
support research among Alaska Natives that they have included a
standard category of funding in their projects to ensure Native
AFN conveys to all scientists and researchers who plan to conduct
studies among Alaska Natives that they must comply with the following
- Advise Native people who are to be affected by the study of
the purpose, goals and timeframe of the research, the data
gathering techniques, the positive and negative implications and
impacts of the research
- Obtain informed consent of the appropriate governing body.
- Fund the support of a Native Research Committee appointed by
the local community to assess and monitor the research project and
ensure compliance with the expressed wishes of Native people.
- Protect the sacred knowledge and cultural/intellectual
property of Native people.
- Hire and train Native people to assist in the study.
- Use Native languages whenever English is the second
- Guarantee confidentiality of surveys and sensitive
- Include Native viewpoints in the final study.
- Acknowledge the contributions of Native resource people.
- Inform the Native Research Committee in a summary and in
nontechnical language of the major findings of the study.
- Provide copies of the study to the local people.