Sealaska Heritage

NEWS_SHI offering new language scholarship program

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Program held in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast​

December 11, 2019


Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is offering a new program to fund Alaska Native students who want to learn their heritage language for the purpose of teaching it to others.

The program, Haa Yoo X'atángi Deiyí: Our Language Pathway, will provide full scholarships to 16 heritage language scholars enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) who are taking classes in Lingít Yoo X'atángi (Tlingit language), Xaad Kíl (Haida language), or Sm’algyax (Tsimshian language). Scholarships include room, board and tuition.

Students must enroll now at UAS for the 2020 spring semester or later for a degree program starting in the summer or fall. Students may enroll online at For help, contact the UAS Registrar’s office at 907.796.6100 or

The deadline to apply for scholarships under the language pathway program is January 6.

No experience is required to apply, and the program is open to new and current UAS students. In addition to course work, this three-year program will include part-time employment involving work in the scholars’ heritage languages and internships.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research and advocacy that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artists Committee, and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

CONTACT: Amy Fletcher, SHI Media and Publications Director, 907.586.9116,