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  • Contact Us
    Deputy Director Nancy Edtl nedtl aknsc org Business and Program Manager Leslie Hsu Oh loh aknsc org Communications and Information Technology Manager STUDENT INTERNS Jenny Owens intern aknsc org Aaron Peters intern aknsc org Christina Salmon intern aknsc org Previous Student Interns Christina Salmon Fall 03 Spring 04 Elmer Moonin Spring 2004 Aaron Peters Spring Fall 2003 Jason Totemoff Fall 2003 Amber Jackinsky Summer 2002 Deserae Stellway Fall 2002 Jaylene

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  • Arctic Contaminants
    participants Gathering of Northwestern Alaska elders and regional participants Gathering of Y K Delta Region of Alaska elders and regional participants Alaska Native leaders have repeatedly sought to bring to public attention concerns that Alaska native communities have about contamination in their subsistence foods In direct response to these concerns the ANSC and ISER have begun the process of listening to and documenting Alaska Native observations about contaminants and environmental change The most important goal of this project is to increase community ownership and trust as a result of documenting and accessing traditional knowledge In order to accomplish this goal the Traditional Knowledge and Contaminants project is using an in depth interactive process that includes meetings education training outreach documentation and funding This community based project will be determined by the communities so that traditional knowledge about environment changes may be collected within a social and cultural context based on information shared by recognized community experts To allow Alaska Native communities to implement their plans for action this project will provide a series of small grants to communities to support actions such as community education training sampling laboratory testing and analysis A final workshop at the end of Year 3

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  • Impacts of Eco-Tourism
    village add ons to mature programs e g to Gambell Kiana or Stevens Village at the end of the haul road Cultural performances as part of large city tour e g Anchorage Museum Eklutna Village near Anchorage Juneau Kodiak Alutiiq dancers Fairbanks Pioneer Park This is a growing segment of tourism Eco tourism multi day direct contact with community flexible schedules e g St Paul Island 3 6 day trips for wildlife viewing Afognak archaeology digs Huslia tours that show the real village setting fish camp and let visitors hang out with locals A new category is just beginning to emerge Private entrepreneurs mostly non Natives e g in Southeast Alaska jet boating along the Stikine River These private tours are mostly adventure based tours kayaking canoeing hiking So why are Native communities seeking tourism projects Economic benefit money Although no one is getting rich Preservation of culture through creation of jobs for youth elders and the community for performances revitalization of dances songs storytelling making traditional dress selling crafts education of community and visitors training children language skills self esteem and pride in culture and creation of long term benefits Some are subsidized by their village corporations or councils for these reasons Local control now communities can control who is running the tours hiring employees and presenting Native peoples and cultures from their own perspective This came about in Alaska only recently because of an opportunity created when a large non Native owned organization went bankrupt and left tour operators without local contracts Many village communities stepped up and continued operations on their own They were able to assert their principles of eco tourism to Be respectful of local cultures Allow local communities to benefit financially from eco tourism This growing industry has brought about concerns of Too many tourists although this in not generally heard from native communities Tours staying out of small villages Lets talk about the impacts of eco tourism Positive Native communities are learning the tourism business Some Native corporations are starting their own locally owned tours Communities have more control of the message getting out Big cruises bus companies are using more guides for local tours Holland America and Princess Big companies know it is good business to be a good citizen and are helping to sell small village tours for local communities although private entrepreneurs are not Negative Signs of severe impact on lands tundra vegetation Concerns with extraction Primary Native Concerns Use of lands without permission issues of stress waste destruction of river banks Access to subsistence harvests moose caribou for locals traditional subsistence use areas are being over used by large primarily non Native cities like Anchorage because of road access systems Some corporations are now starting to charge for passage through their lands in order to control their use We recognize two separate and distinct issues Resource consumption issues and land control because more consumptive tourism is happening in areas like Bristol Bay and Ahtna where there are not a

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  • Current Projects
    was completed in Chukotka where archiving project continues final project review and future of data archives is in progress Traditional Knowledge Contaminants Mini Grant Project This project presents findings from ANSC and UAA Institute for Social Economic Research The goal of this project is to record traditional knowledge about environmental changes throughout the state to consider the implications of this knowledge and to promote a synthesis between traditional and scientific knowledge Click HERE for more information ANSC Community Resource Directory Researcher s Database In keeping with its mission to improve local participation in the research process one of the tasks of the ANSC is to increase the access to and recognition of Native scientists researchers consultants and Native knowledge specialists Toward that goal the ANSC is responsible for developing a Microsoft ACCESS statewide directory of these Native resources The directory is a community knowledge database of past participants in regional meetings held in Alaska and who have agreed to having their names and addresses posted on our website The database is still in a draft stage and will be refined and updated Click HERE to access ANSC s community knowledge Alaska Native Resource Directory now Click HERE to access ANSC

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  • Past Projects
    Anchorage and the Institute of Social and Economic Research ISER the ANSC designed and conducted risk assessment surveys to build a contaminants database that will be used by researchers and communities Community Based Assessment of Traditional Values In partnership with Maniilaq NANA and Northwest Arctic Borough School District the ANSC facilitated community discussions and conducted surveys to provide borough residents an opportunity to define and discuss their visions of traditional Inupiaq values Indigenous People and Ecosystem Management The ANSC convened and facilitated a workshop that helped indigenous resource managers from across the circumpolar North share information on practices methods and lessons in decision making processes involving resource management and environmental assessment Northern Native Communities Development The ANSC collaborated with Alaskan Native entities to select Alaska and Russian Native participants in a forthcoming project that will bring together social scientists Natives and others from Alaska and Russia ANSC UPDATE Under the National Science Foundation Co Operative Agreement following prior grant contract 1996 1999 with the ANSC achieved the following results The ANSC has established linkages and communications throughout Alaska Native communities state federal local and private agencies university and educational institutes and Arctic and Alaskan residents Linkages range from projects that focus on local and traditional knowledge Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Project Governorís Office Minerals Management Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to those that center on health issues Indian Health Service Centers for Disease Control Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Southcentral Foundation Alaska Native Health Board and National Indian Health The ANSC s Administration and Board of Commissioners have written the articles of incorporation and by laws developed a policies and procedures manual and was approved for the non profit 501 c 3 status An organizational network and existing program information are available as well as a growing library of Alaska Native research efforts A Microsoft ACCESS database inventory of materials is in progress including a resource network of individuals who serve as Native knowledge specialists and consultants Specific archival databases are underway to provide inventories of statewide collections pertaining to traditional knowledge and materials from the Social Transition in the North project Additional funding support was sought and secured from federal Native and private sources ANSC administered and collaborated on projects funded through the U S Environmental Protection Agency the Alaska Humanities Forum the Northwest Arctic Borough the Copper River Native Association the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ANSC provides a clearinghouse and remains a means of creating partnerships for circumpolar indigenous peoples local communities researchers government and private agencies and educational institutions A sampling of our partners include the University of Alaska system Anchorage Fairbanks and Southeast statewide Native organizations Alaska Federation of Natives Alaska Tribal Health Consortium not for profit tribal entities Copper River Native Association Rural Alaska Community Action Program Northwest Arctic Borough species specific interest groups Alaska Harbor Seal Commission Bering Sea Coalition Walrus Nanuuq Sea Otter Whaling federal and state agencies U S Department

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  • Code of Research Ethics
    project To communicate with representatives of other communities to share ideas and program development for benefit and involvement To serve as the guardian of all evaluation data after the completion of the project To receive all requests for the use of the data by other researchers after the completion of the project To approve of or write a disagreement to the interpretation of the data analysis AUTHORSHIP GUIDELINES INTRODUCTION The purpose of the project is to investigate the research questions described in the protocol Since this project is unique the results will be of interest to many other communities For this reason it is necessary to share the experience of the project with the largest audience who might benefit from it Part of the research process includes the communication of research results to other people and organizations in similar areas of research AUDIENCE Communications will be directed at four general audiences Health Education and other officials Scientists and Researchers The Community Council or governing body The community at large Health education and other officials are those people providing services or working on programming and planning They will be interested in how the project was developed and implemented as well as the outcome of project efforts Scientists and researchers will be interested in the methods used the process of the program the impacts measured and the answers provided to the research questions The community at large is everyone who participated in the project as well as those who are generally interested in the project goals PRINCIPLES All aspects of the project can be considered as worthy of communication All communication pertaining to the project will follow generally accepted ethical standards The principles include Anonymity Results to be presented in a grouped not individual manner Confidentiality All personal information provided by individuals will be made anonymous whenever possible and remain confidential unless otherwise determined by the individuals Priority of Communities Involved The communities participating will be the first to review and receive results and the first invited to provide input and feedback on the results Respect Consideration for the communities and all participants must be observed in all communications PROCESS Results from research projects usually are presented in the following ways Articles in scientific journals referred to as a paper Oral presentation of a paper at a scientific conference or meeting Oral presentation to the community at large Written document to the community at large Teaching examples For scientific journals and oral presentations at scientific conferences and meetings there is a standard process involved It is therefore possible to outline the steps from idea to final communication and outline the responsibilities for those involved with the authorship However these points should also apply to communications to the community From here on the word communication will be used to describe both oral presentations and written papers It will be the responsibility of the project partners to ensure that the staff and investigators who have made significant contribution to the project can qualify for

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  • Related Links
    health information HONOR THE EARTH a voice for the earth a voice for those not heard Indigenous Enviromental Network Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Canada s National Inuit Organization Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project Northern Contaminants Program NCP Call For Proposals 2002 200 North Pacific Research Board Nearshore Circulation in the Bering Sea Towards Community Based Oceanographic Research Nunavut Environmental Database An NSF Arctic Research Funded Project Database UAA Native Student Services

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  • Presentations
    Guidelines for use of Traditional Knowledge in Research Science 2 29 MB Impact of Climate Change on Alaska Native Communities 1 24 MB PAPERS Native Science and Sense Making Merculieff Larry and Cochran Patricia A L unpublished manuscript 2005 The Value and Use of Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom 2002 Alaska Native Fish Wildlife Habitat and Environment Statewide Summit Report pp 16 20 Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc Home ANSC

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