Alaska Native Heritage Center Receives ANA I-LEAD & DOE Grants
$300,000 for 5 years, $700,000 for 3 years
Anchorage- The Alaska Native Heritage Center is excited to announce that we have received the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) I-LEAD grant as well as the Alaska Native Education Program grant through the Department Of Education. The ANA I-LEAD grant, which focuses on Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development, provides $300,000 for ANHC’s new 5 year project, Awake in Our Ancestors Dreams. This will develop and implement a Native youth lead project on resiliency and empowerment by reconnecting young urban Alaska Natives to their indigenous identity and to their ancestors’ Right Way of Living. Our project will implement a series of ceremonial activities, community potlatches, a Native youth identity campaign, and classes which feature Elder/culture bearer/traditional healer guest speakers to teach about the “Right Way of Living,” traditional healing, spirituality, and the healing of indigenous identity.
ANHC has also received the Alaska Native Education Program grant through the Department of Education which provides $700,000 for 3 years. With assistance by this grant, ANHC’s award-winning High School Program has returned and begun with Alaska Native games, dance, and art classes offered to high school students within the Anchorage area.