Sealaska Heritage

NEWS_SHI to sponsor math and culture academy for students across region

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Institute accepting applications through May 1

April 4, 2018

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Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s annual math and culture academy, which teaches math skills through Native art and cultural knowledge.

Through the program, Opening the Box, SHI will bring together about 40 students from Angoon, Hoonah, Klukwan, Prince of Wales Island, Kake and Juneau for 10 days to develop their math skills through traditional cultural knowledge, art traditions and hands-on learning.

Travel, food, and accommodations will be provided at no cost to the participants. Students not from Juneau will stay on University of Alaska Southeast campus with chaperones, and students from Juneau will participate as either day or overnight campers. 

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

The academy is open to Alaska Native students entering grades 6-8. The deadline to apply is May 1. The application is available at

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research 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 Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee.

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