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News & Stories

ANHC Closing For November

With much consideration, we have decided to close our doors to the public until the end of November. The well-being of our community comes first, and the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases across Alaska presents an immediate threat to the health and vitality of Alaska Natives statewide. We recognize that this is a difficult time… Read More

Emily Edenshaw Joins ATIA Board of Directors

We are thrilled to announce that ANHC Executive Director Emily Edenshaw has been elected to the Alaska Tourism Industry Association Board of Directors!  A longtime leader and advocate for cultural tourism, Emily is excited to work with the ATIA Board and its members from across Alaska to help reshape and reimagine Alaska’s tourism industry. “Alaska… Read More

Alaska Native Heritage Center designated one of America’s Cultural Treasures

ANHC receives $3 million grant from Ford Foundation The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) has been named one of “America’s Cultural Treasures,” a national initiative from the Ford Foundation that provides grants to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) arts and cultural organizations severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This collective effort brings together… Read More

Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and What’s To Come

When the reality of the COVID pandemic began to set in this March, the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) staff prepared for the worst. Our summer cultural tourism season generates a sizable portion of our annual income each year, and difficult but necessary social distancing measures and mandates threatened our mission hinging on community and… Read More

Meet Tatiana Ticknor!

For Tatiana Ticknor, who is Tlingit, Dena’ina, and Deg Xinag Athabascan, the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) has been a second home for as long as she can remember. Her mother, Jean Sam, spearheaded the development of ANHC’s High School Program when the Center first opened its doors 21 years ago.   “I used to come here… Read More

ANHC Awarded $1.25 Million

ANHC Awarded Five-Year $1.25 Million SAMHSA Native Connections Grant September 23, 2020 – The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is pleased to announce Unguwat: Resilience & Connection (URC), a new Indigenous wellness project created by ANHC to serve young Alaska Native people (ages 18-24), has been funded under the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health… Read More

ANHC Welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA

ANHC Welcomes Our First AmeriCorps VISTA! September 21st, 2020 – The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is pleased to welcome our first AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), Presley West!  Founded in 1965, the VISTA program was designed to build capacity in organizations that alleviate poverty. VISTA members serve full-time for one year, helping… Read More

2020 Virtual Tours

With the support received from the Rasmuson Foundation and other funders, The Alaska Native Heritage Center can finally bring real-time tours and events from our Anchorage campus to the world via streaming platforms. In the spirit of our Alaska Native Values, including Share What You Have, we are thrilled to partner with organizations to reach… Read More