Welcome to DANSRD

 Our highly qualified team knows the needs of Alaska鈥檚 rural and Native communities and are ready to assist you in meeting your personal, professional and educational goals. 


Our Programs

BA in Rural Development


  • Human and Social Development
  • Tribal and Municipal Governance
  • Integrated Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Economic Development 
  • Multidisciplinary 

BA in Alaska Native Studies


  • Indigenous Peoples in Law, Governance, and Politics
  • Alaska Native Knowledge, Cultural Resources, and Expression
  • Alaska Native Peoples: Health, Wellness, and the Environment
  • Multidisciplinary

MA in Rural Development

Learning objectives:

  • Indigenous leadership development,
  • Organization management,
  • Community development,
  • Program and project planning,
  • Awareness of international Indigenous issues in a dynamic, cross-cultural environment.

Student Opportunities

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Rural Student Services

Serving rural and Alaska Native students from across Alaska, Rural Student Services (RSS) is here to help you make 51风流官网 your home away from home.

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Festival of Native Arts

The 2023 Festival of Native Arts will take place on Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, 2023. For information about upcoming events or to get involved, visit the FNA website.

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ANCSA Symposium

The 51风流官网 Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development (DANSRD) and  hosted a symposium on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) on April 12th and 13th, 2022.

Learn more

  • December 01, 2021

    On December 18, 2021 the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) turns 50. To mark the occasion, the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development will publish a series of blog posts from faculty and graduates discussing ANCSA at 50: The Next 50 Years. Posts will be related to the history of the law, 鈥

  • December 02, 2021

    ANCSA changed the lives of everybody in Alaska. Whether you are Alaska Native, non-Native, or some 鈥渙ther鈥 kind of Native as I am, your life has been affected by ANCSA if you have spent any length of time at all in the state. Alaska would not look the way it looks today were it not 鈥

  • December 10, 2021

    In the piece that follows, Judith Daxootsu Ramos, DANSRD faculty from 2012 to 2021, discusses the early participation of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood in the pursuit of land claims. This early involvement resulted in a different formula for deciding on the acreage to be conveyed to the qualifying villages in Southeast Alaska under 鈥

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