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The Institute does this through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. First Alaskans is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to advance Alaska Natives.
The collection of resources located within this website are the work of
dedicated Tlingit language teachers, researchers, advocates, and in a
This work has been developed, scanned, shared, and generally made available by a number of hands. The work gathered here follows the dedication pages of many of the works of Ḵeixwnéi & Xwaayeenáḵ who would often note: this material belongs to the Tlingit
Books & References
"Assiduously researched and forcefully written, Tribal Sovereignty in Alaska documents the rise of the tribal sovereignty movement, examining fully the role of the Native American Rights Fund and other organizations and participants in consequential events. Essential and necessary reading for scholars, students, and general readers who are interested in Alaska history, this book will be of inestimable value for historians who seek to understand the context of events that gave rise to a political movement that has transformed federal Indian policy in Alaska."
―Steve Haycox, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Anchorage
Haa Kusteeyi, Our Culture: Tlingit Life Stories is an introduction to Tlingit social and political history. Each biography is compelling in its own merit, but when all are taken together, the collection shows patterns of interaction among people and communities of today, and across the generations.
By combining historical documents and photographs with accounts gathered from living memory, the book also enables the present, living generations to interact with their past. The book features biographies and life histories of more than 50 men and women, most born between 1880 and 1910, including a special section on the founders of the Alaska Native Brotherhood.
“If you're interested in Alaska, you've probably read all about the natural history, gold rush history, Russian history, etc. But here's part of the history of Southeast Alaska from the view of its original people in their own words.
A must-read for those whose interest is anthropological, historical, cultural or social. Thornton's introduction to the government study provides a brief but enlightening context.” -- Ernestine Heyes
Online Articles & Publications
The State Archives preserves permanently valuable government records that document Alaska's history and makes these records available to its clients in a secure, professional and responsible manner.