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Thirty years later: A study of the long-term effect of Alaska’s boarding schools
on Alaska Natives and their communities


We are conducting a study of the long-term effect of Alaska’s boarding schools and boarding homes program on Alaska Natives and their communities, funded by the Ford Foundation. We are looking for individuals who would be willing to share their experiences in these settings. Specifically, we are seeking adults who attended boarding schools or were in the boarding home program prior to 1977. Interviews for this project began in October 2004, and will take place throughout Alaska. At present, we are planning to travel to Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kotzebue and Nome to conduct interviews. We hope to add more communities to this list, depending on time and funding.

We will be asking questions about experiences in boarding schools or the boarding home program, opinions of the experience and education received, and thoughts on the lasting outcomes and effects from attending these institutions. The data we are collecting will be used to write reports and publications and make presentations to Native organizations, policymakers, and educators on issues of education policy and Alaska Native education. Your willingness to share your experiences and knowledge could provide valuable insights for improving education policies in Alaska and in particular for Alaska Natives. In appreciation for your participation in this study, we will provide you with a $25 phone card.

If you might be interested in talking with us, please fill in the information below, and send it to us via mail, fax or e-mail. We will be in touch shortly. We may not be able to talk with everyone who responds this fall, but we are hoping to continue and expand this study next spring.

For more information, please see our website:

Thank you very much!

Suzanne Sharp, Research Associate Assistant (907-786-5403) e-mail: ansss <aT no Spam Please>
Diane Hirshberg, Professor of Education Policy (907-786-5413) or hirshberg <aT no Spam Please>

Yes, I am interested in learning more about your study, and possibly participating.

Name: _____________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________
Telephone: _____________________________________________
E-mail (if available): _____________________________________________
School(s) attended & dates: _____________________________________________

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