Juneau, AK (KINY) - A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the University of Alaska Southeast and the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida for further collaboration.
The type of collaboration was not specifically defined but areas noted included education, awareness, and appreciation of Native culture and language, and increasing the talent and self-reliance in the workforce.
The MOA was signed by Tlingit & Haida President Richard Peterson and UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield during the latest UAS Juneau Campus Advisory Council meeting.
“Partnerships and building areas for collaboration have been a key area of focus for me,” said President Peterson. “There are a lot of areas of overlap between Tlingit & Haida and UAS, for example, our Vocational Training & Resource Center and UAS’ Technical Education Center, so it was very natural to develop this agreement. We must continue to broaden our ability to work together to strengthen our effectiveness to serve our tribal citizens and for the wellbeing of our community and our region.”
"UAS and Tlingit & Haida have common interests in areas such as employment training, student scholarships and support, indigenous languages and arts, teacher education, tribal management, and tourism,” said Chancellor Caulfield. “Working together, we can only improve the services for Tlingit & Haida’s tribal citizens and for UAS students. I'm grateful to President Richard Peterson for his commitment to collaboration and to UAS Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson who will provide UAS leadership in this effort."
As a part of the MOA, a Steering Committee will be established which will meet twice a year in the fall and spring. That committee will be able to set up working groups as needed to advance the goals of the MOA.