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January Scott, PhD in Indigenous Studies Candidate

December 2017
January Scott is Tlingit from Kake, Alaska. B orn and raised in Kake, Alaska, she attended high school in Juneau, AK and graduated from Juneau Douglas High School. She attended and graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her interest in working with youth and adolescents led her to pursue and receive her Masters in the Arts of Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2006.
 In previous work positions, she has worked with a wide-cross section of Rural and Alaska Native people and has traveled across rural Alaska due to her work with youth. She has 15 years’ experience leading and developing youth programming that is culturally responsive and based on positive youth development that is consistently guided by research of current best practices. During her tenure working in the non-profit realm, January graduated from the Alaska Humanities Forum’s Leadership Anchorage program in 2014 and Foraker Group’s Catalyst for Nonprofit Leadership program in 2015. 
January began her PhD in Indigenous Studies with University of Alaska Fairbanks this Fall of 2017. She was selected to assist in the research project “Indigenizing Salmon Management” which is a new research project with UAF. While her passion is working with youth in the educational realm, equity and access for Alaska Native people is the primary motivation behind the work that she is engage in and dedicates her efforts towards. 
As with education, equity and access are at the heart of the Indigenizing Salmon Management Project. The goal of the Indigenizing Salmon Management project is to use a deeply participatory approach to document the breadth and depth of Indigenous values, knowledge, management and governance systems in its connection to salmon across Alaska and to use this community informed information and knowledge to assess and make recommendations for improving current salmon management processes in Alaska. The project focuses deeply on the inequities in the salmon management system that stem from the historical context of colonialist practices which are currently perpetuated in today’s management systems.

Photo courtesy of Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone

Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone, M.A. Cross-Cultural Studies (current student)

October 2017
Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone grew up in Nome, Alaska and is both Iñupiaq and Kiowa. While growing up she learned how to pick and gather food from the land. Her mother taught her the proper ways to take care of seal and fish to prepare for winter storage. This upbringing guided her to pursue an undergraduate in Alaska Native Studies and a minor in Iñupiaq language. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in 2012. Kunaq is currently working on her master's degree in Cross Cultural Studies. Her emphasis has been on reviving traditional Iñupiaq tattooing and reclamation of our ceremonies. Kunaq has been actively working as an Inuit tattooist in Alaska. She hopes to use her experiences and stories to share with the future generations. Her anticipated graduation date is December 2018.

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