This data research and analysis project focused on the condition of Alaska’s Natives (population trends, health, economy and education). This project was undertaken to provide data to Native people, organizations, and communities, for informed choices.
Data collected shows successes, including lower infant mortality rates, less infectious diseases, and increased literacy and graduation rates among Alaska Native people. It also shows the challenges still faced in unemployment and poverty, substance abuse and behavioral disorders, and the need for improvements in education.
Thank you to the Our Choices – Our Future Project Team for advising the overall project, working with staff to present research findings, and for creating meeting processes that stimulated thinking and discussion: George Charles, UAF College of Rural Alaska, Linda Joule, Kotzebue IRA, Susan Labelle, Chugachmiut Inc., Will Mayo, Vine Ministries, Gordon Pullar, UAF College of Rural Alaska, Miranda Wright, UAF College of Rural Alaska, andRicardo Worl, Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority.