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Alaska Pacific University

WHAT:

Indigenous Peoples Day hosted by Alaska Pacific University (APU)

WHEN:

Monday, October 10, 2022, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 

Moseley Sports Center at APU and APU Facebook Page - LIVE

WHO: 

Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska’s People, Alaska Native Professional Association, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 87, Alaska Native Village Corporation Association, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, First Alaskans Institute, Native Peoples Action Community Fund and Native Village of Eklutna. This event is open to the public.

THEME: 

Honoring Our Ways of Life: Celebrating Who We Are

Alaska Pacific University is hosting an in person and online celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 on October 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Alaska Pacific University is hosting an in person and online celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day 2022 on October 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

EMCEES: 

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Benjamin Jacuk (Dolchok) (Dena’ina & Sugpiaq), Indigenous Researcher and Unguwat Program Manager, Alaska Native Heritage Center

Kelsey Ciugun Wallace (Yup’ik), Director of Development & Communications, Alaska Native Heritage Center 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS (as of 10/6):

Janelle Vanasse, APU’s President, former superintendent of Mt. Edgecumbe High School, former Principal and teacher from the Lower Kuskokwim School District

Curtis McQueen (Tlingit), former CEO of Native Village of Eklutna, Rasmuson Board Member, Chairman of advisory board overseeing the UAA Distinguished Rasmuson Chair of Economics, former Honorary Commander for JBER

Charles Wright (Koyukon), Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Member

Crystal Leonetti (Yup’ik), Alaska Native Affairs Specialist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

PERFORMANCES (as of 10/6):

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Ida’ina Keljeshna (Dena’ina)

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School

Molly of Denali Walkabout (11:30am – noon) 

BACKGROUND: 

Alaska Pacific University thanks the Dena’ina people for allowing us to use their land to educate. We respect and recognize that they have been educational stewards for 10,000 years and are honored to educate future generations on Indigenous lands. This event hosted annually by Alaska Pacific University is the largest in the state. Alaska is one of more than a dozen states and 130 cities that recognize Indigenous Peoples Day as a state holiday. The municipality of Anchorage also recognizes it.

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