Alaska Component of Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic
Alaska Project Background
The decision to initiate planning for Alaska participation in the Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic was made by representatives of organizations representing Inupiat (Arctic Slope Native Association, Maniilaq, Kawerak, North Slope Borough, NANA Inc., Northwest Arctic Borough) in March 1998.
These representatives agreed at that time to form the Alaska Native Management Board. The Alaska
Native Science Commission also has a representative on the board.
The ANMB and the University of Alaska collaborated on a $260,000 proposal to the
National Science Foundation (NSF) for the design and testing components of the study in Alaska.
The National Science Foundation announced the grant award in May.
On March 20, 2001, we submitted a $1.1 million proposal to the Arctic Social Sciences Program at NSF. We were fortunate to receive funding from NSF in response to this proposal.
The Alaska Native Management Board has actively directed the project since its inception. Most recently, the ANMB met to review preliminary analysis results and to make suggestions on further analyses.
Project history in Alaska: