Cultural Resources

Introduction to Alaska and Our Health Care System:

Southcentral Alaska


NCCC logoNational Center for Cultural Competence

The goal of this series is to increase the capacity of programs to incorporate principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence into all aspects of their leadership training.

Think cultural HealthThe goal of Think Cultural Health is to Advance Health Equity at Every Point of Contact through the development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Our continuing education programs are designed to help individuals at all levels and in all disciplines promote health and health equity.

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Do Alaska Native People Get Free Medical Care? (and other frequently asked questions about Alaska Native issues and cultures)

This has been prepared by UAA/APU faculty and Anchorage community members as a companion to the Books of the Year. It provides responses to common questions about Alaska Native issues (the answer to the title question is “no; they paid in advance”) and includes recommended readings on a wide variety of topics including identity, language and culture; subsistence; ANCSA; the effects of colonialism; education and health care; and the future. Click on book image for a PDF version of the book.

culture cardCulture Card: American Indian and Alaska Native: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness (SMA08-4354)

The purpose of this guide was originally to provide basic information for federal disaster responders and other federal health providers who may be deployed or otherwise assigned to provide or coordinate mental health services in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. After one year of availability to only federal employees, the value of this guide to non-federal employees who work with AI/AN communities in a variety of settings was acknowledged and the Culture Card is now available to the general public.

The guide is intended to serve as a general briefing to enhance cultural competence while providing services to AI/AN communities. (Cultural competence is defined as the ability to function effectively in the context of cultural differences.) It provides basic information on common AI/AN issues. Due to the diversity of tribes in the nation, the authors suggest users keep in mind that it should be supplemented by a more specific local orientation or training provided by a member of the particular community which user of the card is preparing to interact with.

This is a pocket sized guide with fold out sections that cover the following topics: About This Guide, Myths and Facts, Tribal Sovereignty, Regional Cultural Differences, Cultural Customs, Spirituality, Communication Styles, Role of Veterans and Elders, Strengths in AI/AN Communities, Health and Wellness Challenges, Self-Awareness, and Etiquette Do's and Don'ts.

For the Rights of All

Diane & Allen“For the Rights of All:  Ending Jim Crow in Alaska” is a one-hour documentary profiling the struggle for Alaska Native Rights.

The movie has its own website:

For the Rights of All portrays Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich in this dramatic portrayal of a critical time in Alaska history.

Photo Courtesy of  Blueberry Productions.


alaskool Online materials about Alaska Native history, education, languages and cultures from UAA-ISER

Alaska Native Knowledge Network

Alaska Native Knowledge Network Online materials about Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing

Alaska Traditional Knowledge and Native Foods Database

ISERThe Alaska Traditional Knowledge and Native Foods Database is a database containing information for more than 300 communities including contaminants, harvest data, consumption data, and native concerns as expressed in meetings and workshops. Subcategories allow contaminants data to be further refined based on persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, and radioactivity.

Alaska Native Science Commission

ANSC logoThe Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC) was established in 1994 to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community. It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community. ANSC provides information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community and communities seeking research partners..

Alaska History and Cultural Studies

AHCSAlaska's History & Cultural Studies provides students, teachers and others interested in the state access to a rich source of facts and viewpoints about Alaska and its history.


Other Links

Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI)
Southcentral Foundation
Alaska Native Medical Center
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Alaska Native Heritage Center
UAF Alaska Native Language Center
American Indian and Alaska Natives in Health Careers
Hmong Alaska
Polynesian Association of Alaska
Filipino Community of Anchorage
Bridge Builders Anchorage
Anchorage School District Cultural Proficiency
Health Care Is Spread Thin on Alaskan Frontier (NYT article)