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Native America Calling

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – The Sami reindeer connection in Alaska

Reindeer weren’t always in Alaska, but now there’s a strong connection for Alaska Native herders. It all started in 1891, when the U.S. Government signed onto a plan by a Presbyterian missionary to recruit Indigenous European Sami people in order to spark economic development and relieve food insecurity in Alaska. The program took off, but was greatly hampered by subsequent policy decisions. Somewhere along the way, the Arctic reindeer herding lifestyle meshed well with the state’s Iñupiaq and Yup’ik residents.

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May 22
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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