Troth Yeddha' Initiative

Troth Yeddha'

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Artist's rendering of Indigenous Studies Center
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Troth Yeddha' Park map
Artist's rendering of Troth Yeddha' Park

Troth Yeddha’ Legacy Initiative

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a state leader in Alaska Native Studies research and teaching and is on track to become a global leader in the field of Indigenous Studies. With increasing local and global demand for expertise in the field of Indigenous Studies and increasing enrollments of Alaska Native and Native American students at UAF, we are building partnerships, planning and investing to champion a path forward that honors Alaska’s First Peoples and prepares us for growth.

Timing is crucial as we respond to demand in areas such as the revitalization of Indigenous languages, restoration of cultural knowledge, community healing, and Indigenous knowledge integration into research. These areas of knowledge are innately interdisciplinary and increase academic achievement among Indigenous students and others when integrated into teacher training and classrooms.

In order to meet these current needs and prepare for continued growth, the University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks to build a new Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center and Park facility on its Fairbanks campus. The facility will encompass:

  • A state-of-the art research, learning and cultural activities facility with conference and performance space, classrooms, art space, archive space, a kitchen, a sitting area for elders and offices; and
  • A surrounding park to support outdoor gatherings celebrations and events, with green space, native plantings, patios, sculptures and viewing areas honoring Alaska Native

The Indigenous Studies Center will be a net zero facility, producing more energy than it uses and reducing energy related facilities costs. It will serve as a model arctic facility and research is currently underway on strategies to make itself sustainable.

How you can help:

  • To make this important vision a reality, UAF has worked with Jones and Jones Architects on initial concept designs for the project.
  • UAF aims to fund the majority of this project with privately raised funds and is thankful to the many donors that have already committed over $1.5 million in support. We invite you to join the many who have already pledged their philanthropic support to advance the vision for the initiative.
  • To learn more about how you can make an impact or to make a gift, please contact the UAF Development and Alumni Relations Office at 907-474-2619 or the College of Rural and Community Development at 907-474-1865.

Committee co-chairs

  • Adm. Tom Barrett - President, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
  • Aaron Schutt - President and CEO, Doyon, Limited
  • Miranda Wright - Former director, Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development, UAF


Our goal is to raise $40 million to complete the initiative in phases to create the Troth Yeddha Park and the Indigenous Studies Center.

Raised to-date: $1,698,534

Nauta Level Donors ($25,000+)
  • Anonymous
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Company*
  • Carol and Raymond Barnhardt*
  • Thomas and Sheila Barrett
  • The Brooks Family; In Memory of C. Bradford Brooks & Bernice M. Joseph
  • Chugach Alaska Corporation
  • Doyon, Limited
  • President Jim Johnsen and Mrs. Johnsen
  • Jones & Jones Architect and Landscape Architects Ltd
  • Brian Rogers and Sherry Modrow
  • Grace Berg Schaible+
  • Aaron Schutt and Marissa Flannery
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • UAF Alumni Association

Special thanks to all who have made a donation in support of the initiative!

*Indicates multiple Nauta level gifts. The donors acknowledged within this page reflect donations made as of Oct. 8, 2018. This list is updated quarterly.

Contact and giving information:

To learn more about the initiative or to make a gift, contact UAF Development and Alumni Relations at, 907-474-2619.