Alaska Native Education and FNSB School District host Native Heritage Celebration

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 4:18 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With the month of November being Native Heritage Month, the Alaska Native Education (ANE) Program and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) Migrant Education Program hosted a Native Heritage Celebration livestream on November eleventh 2020.

The program, shown on Facebook Live as well as Zoom, was a celebration of all Alaska Native Tribes as well as Native American Tribes across the United States. The celebration happens every November, and this year with COVID-19 posing a concern, an online celebration was chosen.

“It’s an opportunity to share with the community about our history and the perspective that we carry, which is often different from what has been presented in books, which is more of a historical perspective. So it’s just a great way to share our culture in modern times and also honor our ancestry and the people that came before us. I recently found a quote that says “We are the grandchildren of the people that weren’t able to be removed from this land," said Yatibaey Evans, director for the Alaska Native Education program with FNSBSD.

Raising awareness and celebrating Native Heritage Month could be difficult due to COVID-19, but the ANE has plenty of online resources for those looking to educate themselves and celebrate.

Evans continued, “I’ve tried to do a kind of housing on a platform so folks can go to our Alaska Native Education website with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. They’ll find incredible resources, and one of the things that we really talked about within Native education in those circular discussions is the importance of land acknowledgement. There’s actually an app you can download on your Android phone as well as on Apple phones and learn where the traditional people are from that area, who they are from whatever area you’re in across the states."

The app in question is called the Native Lands App. For other Native Heritage Month resources, visit the ANE website at

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