2017 Alaska Native Studies Conference

General information about the conference.

Theme: Sustaining Indigenous Livelihoods

Abstract Proposal website: https://goo.gl/forms/ZwrerZs3iDdoftI13

For more information contact Sean Asiqłuq Topkok at 907-474-5537 or email cstopkok@alaska.edu

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Conference Registration

Rates: You must register in order to attend the full conference, but the keynote address will be open and free to the public.

Pre-Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017

Conference (April 8 & 9, 2017): 

Location: Fairbanks, AK

Host hotel: Pike’s Waterfront Lodge (907) 456-4500

Reservations can be made at: www.pikeslodge.com using the group code: UAFRural2017

Additional lodging: Westmark Hotel (907) 456-7722

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$125 full conference

$30 students (bring student ID)

FREE registration for Elders (62+)

CLICK HERE to register for the 2017 ANS Conference in Fairbanks, AK

Draft Schedule At-A-Glance

2017 Alaska Native Studies Conference Program FINAL posted 4-5-17


Keynote Speakers

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Keynote address title: The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet

A book sale and signing of Cloutier’s, “The Right to be Cold” will follow the keynote on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier currently resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec), and was raised traditionally in her early years before attending school in southern Canada and at a residential setting in Churchill, Manitoba. She is the past Chair of Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), the organization that represents internationally the 155,000 Inuit of Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Chukotka in the Far East of the Federation of Russia.

For more on Cloutier’s biography CLICK HERE.


The next three keynotes are a panel of young people who are living and sustaining their culture and values through different modalities. They will co-present.

Marjorie Tahbone

Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone grew up in Nome, Alaska. Every summer break her family would go to fish camp to hunt and gather for winter. At camp was where she learned her core Iñupiaq values. After graduating high school she earned her undergraduate in Alaska Native Studies with a minor in Iñupiaq Language at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Marjorie is currently obtaining a Masters in Cross-Cultural Studies at UAF. She enjoys teaching traditional skills and Iñupiaq language. Currently she is working to help revitalize Kakiñiq- Inuit Tattoos by becoming a tattooist. Marjorie shares “I love what I do, I will continue to do my best and learn from our elders and from those who are willing to teach. My goal this year is to learn how to crimp ugruk soles to make mukluks”


Olivia Sheilds

Piiyuuk Olivia Shields is Yup’ik from Toksook Bay, Alaska.

For more on Olivia’s biography CLICK HERE.

Samuel Johns

Samuel Johns (AK REBEL) is a community activist, motivational speaker and hip hop artist.

For more on Johns biography CLICK HERE.