Tribal Resource Atlas
for Southeast Alaska Educators
Southeast Native Educators
Documented by Andy Hope
- The SEANEA originally organized in the summer
of 1996 at a meeting funded by the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative and
held in conjunction with Celebration 1996 in Juneau.
- The first slate of SEANEA officers
were elected in the fall of 1996 at a meeting funded by AKRSI in Sitka.
- The SEANEA cosponsored a number of workshops,
conferences and academic and professional development courses from
1996-2000; some highlights:
Alaska Native Education Consortium meeting, Sitka, April 1997
Axe Handle Academy seminar, UAS, Juneau, December 1997
Southeast Alaska Native Language Consortium, February, May, August,
October1998- February, April, May, September, October, and November
Many of these meetings also addressed tribal college planning.
Indigenous Curriculum Development in Science, UAS Sitka, ED 697, August
Southeast Alaska Native Education Forum, Juneau, June 2000
- The SEANEA formally reorganized
in January 2002 in a meeting funded by AKRSI and the Teacher Leadership
Development Project (TLDP).
- SEANEA received funding from
the National Science Foundation/Teacher Leadership Development Project
to hire a lead teacher. This funding ran from early 2002 through the
fall of 2004. Three people served in the position: Ted Wright (February-June,
2002), Angie Lunda (August 2002-June 2003) and Andy Hope (September
2003-August 2004). TLDP partners were Tlingit and Haida, Juneau School
Sealaska Heritage Institute, the Alaska Department of Education and
Early Development (DEED) Southeast Alaska Intertribal College and University
of Alaska Southeast/Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaska Schools
(UAS/PITAS). DEED matched TLDP funding in the final two years of the
The purpose of the TLDP was twofold: to build
capacity for the Native educator associations in the respective cultural
regions of Alaska, and to provide cultural orientation training for new
TLDP funding was provided by the National
Science Foundation, the Alaska DEED and UAS/PITAS.
A highlight for
the SEANEA was the cultural orientation course presented in the fall
A group of 15 new teachers from throughout southeast Alaska participated
in this course. Another project partially funded by TLDP was the Southeast
Alaska Tribal Resource Atlas. The atlas is packed with content: electronic
tribal maps that includes Tlingit and Haida place names, Sheet'ká,
Aangoon and K'éex' Kwáan atlases,
the Traditional Tlingit Country and Tribes map (a listing of Tlingit
tribes clans and clan houses) and the Herman Kitka Traditional Tlingit
Ecological Knowledge series.
- In the summer of 2002, the PITAS program
provided start up funding for development of the Place-Based Education
Resources website, which is posted on the Alaska Native Knowledge Network
- SEANEA cosponsored the UAS course,
Math in Tlingit Art, ED 698, August-December 2003
- SEANEA sponsored a Native
Scholarship Providers Forum, May 2004.
- SEANEA cosponsored the 5th
Annual Academy for Culturally Responsive Schools, UAS,ED 613, June
- SEANEA members
elected the following officers and board members in early 2004:
President: Roxanne Houston
Secretary: Rhonda Hickok
Treasurer: Laurie Cropley
Dr. Ronn Dick
Mary Jean Duncan
- SEANEA cosponsored a series of Native Education
Forums, June-August 2004 in Juneau.
- In March 2005, the SEANEA
Board established a $30 fee for SEANEA membership.
- SEANEA sponsored
a Place-Based Education Academy (ED 193-493/CCS 697) at the UAS Campus,
June 27-July 2, 2005.
- In December 2005, SEANEA
incorporated as an Alaska non-profit corporation. Sean Topkok of the
Knowledge Network posted a discussion board for SEANEA members.
- In April 2006,
SEANEA members elected the following board members:
- In December 2006, the SEANEA board voted to
Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit Tribes and
Clans, March 21-25, 2007, Sitka, Alaska.
- Also in December, the SEANEA
board voted to provisionally reactivate the SE AK. Intertribal College
to cosponsor a series of Summer Institutes on Place Based Education.
These institutes will take place in Sitka, Juneau and Seattle in June,
July and August.
- In March 2007, SEANEA conducted a membership
meeting in Sitka, in conjunction with the Sharing Our Knowledge conference.
- In April 2007, SEANEA members elected the following board members:
Wilma Baines Chahim
- In April 2007, the SEANEA website was posted
for the first time: