Sealaska Heritage



(2017 Education Programs Schedule of Events) (2017 Schedule of All SHI Events)

Latseen Leadership Academy

The institute sponsors an annual Latseen Leadership Academy. The training is designed to provide engaging culturally based education and activities for youth in support of their future academic and personal success with a focus on rigor, relevance, and relationships. The goal of the program is to teach students the art of leadership through the development of self-knowledge, and physical and spiritual strength. In a supportive learning environment, students participate in cultural, artistic, athletic, and academic activities.

Next Academy: Summer of 2018 

Latseen Hoop Camp

Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors an annual Latseen Hoop Camp. Sealaska Heritage developed the model for this program, which teaches basketball skills and the Tlingit four core cultural values.

Next Hoop Camp: August 1-4, 2017 (Students in grades 6-12)

The application period closed on July 7. For more information contact Carmaleeda Estrada at This program is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues. 

Latseen Running Camp

Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors an annual Latseen Running Camp in Juneau to strengthen body, mind and spirit and to further connect Native people to Haa Aani—our land. The program borrows from two of four core cultural values— Haa Aaní: Our Land: Honoring & Utilizing our Land (Haida: Íitl’ Tlagáa; Tsimshian: Na Yuubm) and Haa Latseen: Our Strength: Strength of Body, Mind, and Spirit  (Haida: Íitl’ Dagwiigáay; Tsimshian: Na Yugyetga’nm)

Next Running Camp: Summer of 2018 

Opening the Box: Math and Culture Academy

The institute works with public school teachers through its Math and Culture Academy, which teaches math skills to middle-school students through Northwest Coast art.

Through the annual academy, students attend culture-based math camps where Native art practices, such as basketry, weaving and canoe making, are used to teach math. The teachers also increase their knowledge of Native cultural traditions, protocols and art as they affect mathematical learning.

Teams of teachers, artists, and SHI staff are producing, field testing, and disseminating a series of supplemental math resources that incorporate Tlingit culture and language geared for beginning algebra and geometry courses.

SHI is building the model for use in Southeast Alaska by adapting nationally recognized, successful math programs developed by other organizations outside the region.

Next Academy: Summer of 2018

Baby Raven Reads

Sealaska Heritage sponsors Baby Raven Reads, a program that promotes pre-literacy, language development and school readiness. The program is for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5. Among other things, events include family nights at the Walter Soboleff Building clan house, where families are invited to join us for storytelling, songs, and other cultural activities. Parents and guardians also receive free books through the program. New books published through the program are now available through the Sealaska Heritage Store on Seward and Front Streets in Juneau at the Walter Soboleff Building and online. (More on Baby Raven books)

Next: Back-to-School Event, Aug. 26, Juneau

(Flyer) Let’s go… back to school!

Sealaska Heritage will host a back-to-school event for kids ages 3-5 on Saturday Aug. 26 from 10:30-11:30 am at the Walter Soboleff Building, as part of Baby Raven Reads, a program that promotes pre-literacy, language development, and school readiness. SHI will be distributing 50 Baby Raven backpacks on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as books, posters, and other book-related items. Families with Alaska Native children enrolled in Head Start, day care, preschool, and kindergarten are welcome to attend. 

This will be the last event in SHI’s three-year Baby Raven pilot program, which ends Aug. 24, 2017. We’d like to extend our thanks to all of the families and children who made the pilot program such a success. Families met monthly for storytelling, songs, and other cultural activities, and received free, culturally relevant books. We’d also like to thank the many storytellers, Elders, writers, parent volunteers, cultural specialists, and artists who collaborated with us over the past three years. We especially want to acknowledge the Baby Raven planning team, who worked with the education department project coordinator in the implementation of the monthly family events and Gumboot Camp. Over the course of this project, SHI published 18 new children’s books, highlighting the Native worldview and showcasing Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian stories. The final seven books are scheduled to be released this fall. Details on the new books will be posted soon. 

For more information on Baby Raven, contact SHI’s education department at 586-9219.

Yées kashxeedí (New/young/fresh writer)

Sealaska Heritage is sponsoring a program for young writers to encourage and produce culturally-based books for all age levels. Through the program, Yées kashxeedí (New/young/fresh writer), SHI is encouraging writers who are age 19 or younger to submit manuscripts that tell stories about Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures and/or history through the Native worldview. If SHI accepts a manuscript, the author will be paid an honoraria for co-copyright and permission to publish the story as a book.  The program—which translates as Ta k’áalang ‘la’áay Gáwtlaa (New writer) in Xaad Kíl and Sü t'amiist (He/she is a new writer) in Sm’algyax, will be an ongoing effort to encourage the development of creative Native writers and the production of culturally-based learning materials such as those now being produced by SHI under its Baby Raven Reads program. Writers should submit draft manuscripts to


Sealaska Heritage Institute provides scholarships to Alaska Natives who are Sealaska Shareholders and Descendants for college, university, and vocational and technical schools. The annual awards are funded mostly by Sealaska. The application period is from January 1-March 1 each year. Applications must be filled out and submitted online. Send questions to  (Application) (Required Documents) (Schedule)

In response to the soaring cost of getting a college education, has compiled a useful guide to financial aid for minority students to help students.

Thru the Cultural Lens: Teacher Orientations for Juneau School District, Fall 2017

It is critical that Native cultures be incorporated into public schools and that teachers have a general understanding of the cultures. Studies have shown that Native students do better academically when they are exposed to their culture in class. To that end, Sealaska Heritage sponsors cultural orientations for teachers in public schools and at the University of Alaska through a memorandum of agreement. Participants learn Native history, Native world view, and even about Northwest Coast art.

Sealaska Heritage will sponsor its 2017 cultural orientation program for teachers and educators in Juneau. The program pays a stipend to participants who complete all of the requirements. Participants also have the option to earn 3 PEC credits through the University of Alaska Southeast. The program will offer 50 hours of cultural orientation for 20 participants through seven seminars in August, September, October, November and December. Participants will be required to attend the following events in Juneau:

  • Cultural Orientation Seminar, Aug. 12
  • Cultural Orientation Seminar, Sept. 9
  • Cultural Orientation Seminar, Sept. 23
  • Cultural Orientation Seminar, Oct. 14
  • Cultural Orientation Seminar, Oct. 28
  • Cultural Orientation Seminar, Nov. 11
  • Cultural Orientation Seminar, Dec. 2

Next: Cultural Orientation Seminar, Aug. 12, Juneau

(Register) (Flyer) For more information contact Jackie Kookesh at 

Voices on the Land

Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors an innovative program that seeks to improve literacy skills and increase use of the Tlingit language through performing arts and digital storytelling.

Through the program, Voices on the Land, SHI is integrating performing arts and digital storytelling into six Juneau schools over three years through artists in residence, digital storytelling and a teacher training academy. Participating schools include Gastineau Elementary, Harborview Elementary, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Riverbend Elementary and Glacier Valley Elementary. The Tlingit language will be integrated into the activities.

Through the program, students will help to create theatrical productions and scripts based on traditional knowledge and share what they produced with other students. In the process, students will enhance their skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening.

Students also will produce digital stories and sets of illustrated storybooks based on cultural knowledge which will enhance their skills in writing, speaking and technology.

SHI also will partner with the Alaska Arts Education Consortium on a summer program to train teachers on how to use the arts as a teaching tool. The program is funded through a grant from the Alaska Native Education Program.

Next: Voices on the Land Performing Arts Showcase, July 22, Juneau, Juneau Arts & Culture Center

(Flyer) SHI will host a Voices on the Land Performing Arts Showcase on Saturday to highlight student creations and skills, including drumming, singing, storytelling, regalia-making and mask-making. Friends and family are welcome and the event is free. The event is the culmination of SHI’s Summer Theater Intensive, where students learned storytelling and acting techniques, while also exploring traditional stories, song and dance, and artforms including masks and regalia. For more information contact Phyllis Carlson at   


Sealaska Heritage is conducting three short surveys to better serve the interests and needs of the Alaska Native community. Everything you share with us will remain anonymous.

  • If you are a stakeholder (a Sealaska shareholder, Alaska Native, a community member, a teacher or someone with an interest in SHI’s programs), fill out this survey.

  • If you are an Alaska Native high school student and/or a former participant of SHI’s Latseen Leadership Academy, fill out this survey.

  • If you are a past or current recipient of a Sealaska scholarship and/or a past Sealaska intern, fill out this survey.

Thanks in advance for participating!