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APU news: Indigenous Land Stewardship: Creating Meaningful Collaborations across Alaska course added

June 13th, 2022 by James Temte

Indigenous Land Stewardship: Creating Meaningful Collaborations across Alaska

This fall semester Alaska Pacific University (APU) is excited to offer the course: Indigenous Land Stewardship: Creating Meaningful Collaborations across Alaska. This APU course was co-created with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. The course material is geared towards agency professionals, Tribal leaders, community influencers, as well as, university students. This course is open to the public and will be offered in the fall semester. 

Course Description

This is an 11-week, advanced level course intended to create welcoming, respectful spaces, dialogues, and productive collaborations with Tribes, Indigenous peoples, land managing and conservation agencies and organizations. The course will include topics on the Indigenous Worldview, History of Land Management in Alaska, Equity and Inclusion, Indigenous Land Stewardship, and Collaborating Meaningfully with Indigenous Communities & Partners. The course aims to serve land and wildlife managing agencies, Tribal councils and staff, non-profit organizations, and graduate and undergraduate environmental science students. The course is developed by the Indigenous Collaborations Program – a partnership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Alaska Pacific University (APU), The Wilderness Society (TWS), Northern Latitudes Partnerships (NLP), and Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF).

Course Objectives

  • Introduce the impacts of colonization on Indigenous communities
  • Grow greater cultural understanding
  • Provide tools for dismantling systemic inequities
  • Help agency, science, & conservation professionals and students learn about the diversity of conservation & science programs that are Indigenous-led in Alaska and beyond.
  • Be structured in a way that agency professionals are meeting and learning alongside of students, Elders, and young Indigenous leaders

Course Instructors

The course will be team taught by Dr. Polly Hyslop, Upper Tanana Dineh (APU), James Temte, Northern Cheyenne Tribe (APU/Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium), Crystal Leonetti, Yup’ik (FWS), Danielle Stickman, Dena’ina and Koyukon Athabascan (ACF), Dr. Leanna Heffner, Jewish, Norwegian, Germanic/French (NLP/ACF), and Casey Ferguson, Cup’ik (APU/NLP). Guest speakers will include Indigenous experts (Elders and emerging youth leaders) who are leading dialogues on decolonization and racial equity, and professionals who work for or closely with Tribes and Indigenous Organizations on science and conservation challenges.


September 23, 2022 – December 9, 2022

Classes will be on Fridays from 10:00–12:00 AKT and offered in-person on the APU campus in Anchorage with the option to join remotely via video/phone on Zoom. First and last class sessions (Sept 23 and Dec 9) will be 8 hours in-person. Limited travel expenses for the 2 in-person sessions may be requested. 

Continuing Education Units or College Credit Option

Alaska Pacific University offers for credit and continuing education units (CEU’s) professional development courses in conjunction with outside third-party agencies. Participants who successfully complete this course will be awarded three (3.0) CEUs. College students will be eligible to receive (4.0) APU college credits upon completion. 

To Apply & Eligibility

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on July 6. The cost of the course is $110 to cover the APU transcript fee for CEU’s. The class size will be limited to 30 students. We are seeking course participants who have a direct role in land and wildlife stewardship. APU students are also welcome to apply and participate for credit. All applicants will be notified by July 18th if they are accepted into the program.

For More Information, Contact:

James Temte at Alaska Pacific University at 907-564-8243  (jtemte@alaskapacific.edu) or Casey Ferguson 907-564-8202 (cferguson@alaskapacific.edu).