Alaska Native Heritage Month
Almost 40 people listened to Peter Metcalfe discuss his new book, "A Dangerous Idea: The Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Struggle for Indigenous Rights", on Nov. 6 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.
The discussion, co-sponsored by the bookstore and Alaska Center for the Book, is part of Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month events in Anchorage.
"A Dangerous Idea" tells an overlooked but powerful story of Alaska Natives fighting for their rights under American law. Throughout the early 20th century, the Alaska Native Brotherhood fought for citizenship, voting rights and education for all Alaska Natives, securing unheard-of victories in a contentious time. Their efforts helped propel Alaska statehood as well as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, one of the biggest claim settlements in U.S. history.
Metcalfe, who is from Juneau, is the author of several books documenting the history of Alaska Native tribal organizations, most recently "Gumboot Determination." A photographer, videographer and writer, he has spent decades working with Alaska Native organizations in Southeast Alaska, from corporations to tribal and health organizations. He will be joined in the presentation by Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, a researcher and writer who has worked on several books about Alaska Native rights. The presentation is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on campus near the bookstore, and behind Rasmuson Hall and next to the Wells Fargo Sports Center. More information here.