Registration Rates:

Conference (April 15 & 16, 2016): 


Pre-Conference (April 14, 2016): 


You must register in order to attend

Students & Elders (62+):

Free (Must bring ID to registration pick-up to verify age/students)

  • Box Lunches: $15 available on 4/14, 4/15 and 4/16 and can be purchased at check-out.
  •  Closing Reception, Award Ceremonies and Evening Performance: $15 – Saturday, April 16, 2016. Buffet dinner will be provided and can be purchased at check-out when you register.



Pre-Conference Registration:


Conference Registration:


Student & Elder Registration:


Hotel Reservations:

The Alaska Native Studies Conference suggests reserving a room at the Springhill Suites University Lake Hotel. They have a free shuttle that will take you to the UAA campus. It is also within walking distance.


Wellness & Healing: Indigenous Innovations & Alaska Native Research

The 2016 Alaska Native Studies Conference addresses a variety of issues including, but not limited to: Traditional Medicine; Indigenous and Western Concepts of Healing; the Arctic as a global political reality; Alaska Native business models; Food Sovereignty; Issues of Historical Trauma; Truth & Reconciliation as a healing process in boarding/residential schools; Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; Indigenous Games; Village Outmigration; Sustainable Economies; United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Spirituality and Ceremony; new Educational Paradigms, Technology; Self-determination and Sovereignty; History, Oral Traditions and Contemporary Texts, Indigenous Research Methodologies; Alaska Native Science and Math; Subsistence in a time of global climate change.


Keynote speakers:

Michael Yellow Bird (Arikara)


Dr. Michael Yellow Bird is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes, (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara). He joined the NDSU faculty in the fall of 2014. He has held faculty and/or academic administrative appointments at the University of British Columbia, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, and Humboldt State University. He is Professor and Director of the Tribal Indigenous Studies program at North Dakota State University.

His teaching, writing, research, and community work focus on Indigenous Peoples’ health, leadership, and cultural rights; the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization; decolonizing social work approaches; decolonizing war and military service; neurodecolonization and mind body approaches; neuroscience and Indigenous Peoples; traditional mindfulness and contemplative practices; ancestral and paleo eating and lifestyle; and the Rights of Mother Earth.

“He is the co-editor of four books: “For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook (2005);” “Indigenous Social Work Around the World (2010);” “For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (2012);” and “Decolonizing Social Work” (2013) (2014 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine).

Shawn Wilson (Cree)

Shawn Wilson, Staff, Gnib

Shawn Wilson is Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada and currently lives on Bundjalung land in eastern Australia. Shawn is Director of Research for Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University and coordinates a Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies program. His research has helped to communicate the theories underlying Indigenous research methodologies to diverse audiences. Through working with Indigenous people internationally, Shawn has applied Indigenist philosophy within the contexts of Indigenous education, health and counsellor education. In addition to further articulating Indigenous philosophies and research paradigms, his research focuses on the inter-related concepts of identity, health and healing, culture and wellbeing.

Mission of the Alaska Native Studies Council
The Alaska Native Studies Council promotes a deeper and more sustained commitment to integrating Indigenous perspectives into a variety of educational settings. Our mission is to identify, develop, and implement Native-focused curricula, to promote and publish Alaska Native-related research and pedagogical strategies, and to develop a strategic plan to help us attain these goals.

Program Committee:

Jeane Breinig, Sharon Lind, Beth Leonard, Maria Williams, Paul Ongtooguk, E.J. David, Maria Crouch, Medeia Csoba-DeHass, Ryan Harrod, Amanda Kookesh, Rebecca Dreier, Crystalyn Lemieux, Heidi Senungetuk, X’unei Twitchell, Roy Mitchell, Tony Kaliss, Kirsten Anderson