ANCSA Region Corporation
Alaska Native alone or in combination
Source: Census 2000 American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File (AIANSF) – 100 Percent data
In collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program’s Nation’s Building project, the Alaska Native Policy Center is working with Dr. Michael J. Levin and Andrew Curly to develop an extensive data set on Alaska Native demographic information.
People involved in the project:
Michael J. Levin has a PhD in Anthropology from University of Michigan based on a study of population pressure on a very small Micronesian atoll having scarce resources. He has been at the Census Bureau for 27 years. He worked in the Racial Statistics staff, looking at smaller racial and ethnic groups. He co-authored a book on Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In 1984, he started coming to Alaska, teaching at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1988, and writing a monograph called “Alaska Natives in a Century of Change: 1880-1980” published by UA Press. He came to Alaska before the 2000 Census to work with focus groups of Alaska Natives to determine how they felt about the new multiple-reporting Race item on the Census questionnaire.
Andrew Curley is a Navajo undergraduate student of sociology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA with an emphasis on rural development. He is currently writing his senior thesis on the social effects of Fair Trade Certification on coffee and cocoa growers in both East and West Africa, after having conducted research in Tanzania and Ghana. He is also currently working with Harvard Kennedy School student Michael J. Levin on the use of survey, demographic data with the public-domain software program the Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro), which was developed by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating and mapping data.
Purpose/outcomes of the project:
The Alaska Native Policy Center has partnered with Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP)through their Nations Building course to develop a data base for 2000 Census data on Alaska Natives. One of the outcomes of this partnership will be Alaska Regional Corporation Boundary “fact sheets”. The fact sheets will start with a map of Alaska that has clear geographic boundaries among the 12 Alaska Native Regional Corporations (Ahtna, Aleut, Arctic Slope, Bering Straits, Bristol Bay, Calista, Chugach, Cook Inlet, Doyon, Koniag, NANA, and Sealaska). Users of the site will be able to scroll their mouse over the region they are interested in viewing for more detailed information. Some examples of the type of information the user will be able to find for each region include: population, age ranges, household size, non-English language use rates, graduation rates, veteran status, employment rates, mean and median household income, per capita income, poverty, home ownership rates, rental rates, and the extent of homes with indoor plumbing. Other types of information or “variables” will be available at a later date based upon user requests. All of the data used to create the regional fact sheets will be derived from the 2000 Census information. These “cross-tabulations” specific to Alaska Regional Corporation boundaries will allow users to view the composition of their respective regions as well as make comparisons to the rest of the State of Alaska based upon regional boundaries.