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Updated 2/4/11

Southeast Native Educators Association
A Chronology
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 99.
    Many of these meetings also addressed tribal college planning.
    Indigenous Curriculum Development in Science, UAS Sitka, ED 697, August 1999
    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 District, 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 project.

    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 teachers.

    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 of 2002. 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 website:
  • 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 2004
  • SEANEA members elected the following officers and board members in early 2004:
    President: Roxanne Houston
    Vice-President: vacant
    Secretary: Rhonda Hickok
    Treasurer: Laurie Cropley
    Board Members:
    Dr. Ronn Dick
    Mary Jean Duncan
    Les Hamley
    Andy Hope
    Jean Jackson
    Rhoda Jensen
    Marie Olson
  • 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 Alaska Native Knowledge Network posted a discussion board for SEANEA members.
  • In April 2006, SEANEA members elected the following board members:
    Ron Dick
    Laurie Cropley
    Ishmael Hope
    Alan Hayton
    Marie Olson
    Ted Wright
    Lily Hudson
    Vivian Martindale
    Roby Littlefield
    Andy Hope
  • In December 2006, the SEANEA board voted to cosponsor "Sharing 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 and 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:
    Ron Dick
    Linda Kruger
    Roxanne Houston
    Alberta Jones
    Ishmael Hope
    Wilma Baines Chahim
    Roby Littlefield
    Richard Dauenhauer
    Nora Dauenhauer
    Vivian Martindale
    Andy Hope
  • In April 2007, the SEANEA website was posted for the first time: