The indigenous studies center
In 2010, the architectural firm Jones & Jones and a UAF committee developed a detailed plan for the park. An update in 2014 completed a concept design for the indigenous studies center.
As a statewide academic center with close connections to other UAF institutes, the Troth Yeddha’ facilities will be distinct from other establishments that celebrate specific Alaska Native cultures. The Troth Yeddha’ initiative builds on UAF’s decades-long history of service to rural and Native students through entities such as the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development and the Tribal Management and Native Arts programs.
World-renowned architect Johnpaul Jones was a lead design architect on the National Museum of the American Indian, which opened in 2004 as part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He brings an extensive history of working with indigenous people to create culturally meaningful spaces.
The Troth Yeddha’ Legacy envisions a place singularly focused on Alaska’s first peoples. That place will create a physical sense of belonging for Alaska Native students and visitors, while welcoming people of all cultures.