Indigenous Peoples Day



Students listen to an address during Indigenous Peoples' Day

Why do we honor Indigenous Peoples Day?

Indigenous Peoples Day honors Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. It affords time to reflect and acknowledge the Indigenous knowledge that enhances the education provided by the university.

Indigenous Peoples Day is recognized on the second Monday of October.

In 2017, the celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time.  Resolutions from students, staff and faculty groups across the University of Alaska system have unanimously supported recognizing “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Each campus hosted a culturally relevant event incorporating elements of the indigenous history of place, culture and language associated with their regions. 

2023 Indigenous Peoples Day: October 9, 2023

The will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with several events and activities across colleges, campuses and departments on Oct. 9, 2023.

Troth Yeddha' Schedule of Events

Troth Yeddha' Campus (Fairbanks, Alaska)

  • The College of Indigenous Studies will host Wear It Wednesday on Oct. 11. Wear your qaspeqs on Wednesday and tag @uafcrcd to have your photo featured on social media.
  • The College of Indigenous Studies will host the annual Rock Your Moccs week from Oct. 9-13. Take a photo of your moccasins and tag @uafcrcd to have your photo featured on social media.
  • 12 p.m. - Festival of Native Arts Frybread Taco Fundraiser - Brooks Building, Gathering Room

Parking will be available in the Nenana lot across from the Student Recreation Center.

Multiple events will occur in the Wood Center on the Troth Yeddha' Campus in Fairbanks from 2-6 p.m.

  • 2 p.m.
    • Opening remarks, blessing, invitational dance — multilevel lounge
    • Informational and Indigenous art tables — multilevel lounge (continues through 6 p.m.)
  • 3 p.m.
    • Alaska Native foods tasting —main ballroom A/B
    • Native games demonstration —ballroom C/D
  • 4 p.m.
    • Fish skin sewing with Brianna Gray —ballroom C/D
    • Dance workshop — multilevel lounge
  • 5 p.m.
    • Closing: Troth Yeddha' Dance Group — multilevel lounge
    • Skin sewing with Amy Topkok— ballroom E/F

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Kuskokwim IPD schedule of events

Kuskokwim Campus (Bethel, Alaska)

The Kuskokwim Campus and Kuskokwim Consortium Library are organizing our second annual Indigenous Peoples Day festival to be held on October 9th. As a community, and working with tribal partners, we will celebrate with eight hours of cultural activities. Festivities will kick off with a Native Foods Potluck at noon.  Throughout the afternoon a panel of elders will share traditional wisdom. KYUK, the local YK Delta bilingual Yugtun/ English radio station, will share footage from the KYUK archive and discuss their archival projects documenting and making accessible to the community important cultural content. Hands-on activities including Akutaq making will be available for all ages to enjoy. The annual Indigenous Peoples Day March will kick off the evening activities, followed by an evening of Yuraq performances. This event is free, and spearheaded by the Kuskokwim Campus/ Library alongside tribal organizations and cultural groups.

Schedule of events:

  • 12:00 p.m. - Benediction with ONC Traditional Chief Ignatius "Louie" Andrew and Native Foods Potluck
  • 1:00 p.m. - Kenekngamceci Qanrutamceci: BeWel ~ Because We Love You discussion organized by the Center for Alaska Native Health Research
  • 2:00 p.m. - KYUK Archival Showcase
  • 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Hands-on akutaq making, beading, and mask making, presented by AVCP
    • GBH Molly of Denali Community Science engagement and photos with Molly
    • Center for Alaska Native Health Research community engagement
  • 5:30 p.m. - Indigenous Peoples' Day March, presented by the TWC Teens Acting Against Violence
  • 6:00 p.m. - Welcome statements with Mother Kuskokwim Tribal Coalition’s Sophie Swope and performances by the Ayaprun and Qasgirmiut Yuraq groups. Concessions for sale by Qasgirmiut Yuraq Group

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NWC IPD Film Festival

Northwest Campus (Nome, Alaska)

Northwest Campus will be hosting an Indigenous Peoples Day Film Festival on Oct. 9 from 12PM-5PM in the Nagozruk Conference Room. 

Schedule of films:

  • 12:00PM • We Breathe Again • 60 minutes • 2017
  • 1:30PM • Attla • 60 minutes • 2019
  • 3:30 pm • Growing Native Alaska: People of the North • 55 minutes • 2018
  • 5:00pm • Navajo Math Circles • 35 minutes • 2016

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Bristol Bay Campus (Dillingham, Alaska)

View the Alaska Native Language Center's Award Winning "Awake" film and snack on salmon spread and pilot bread.

Monday, Oct. 9, 2023: 12:15 pm-12:45 pm

  • 12:30 pm- Awake Film (15 mins)
with Meeting ID: 8497.1575.563

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Event archive

Dates: October 10-14, 2022

The celebrated 2022 Indigenous Peoples' Day with several events and activities across our different colleges, campuses, and departments. 

  • Monday, Oct. 10: The Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel, AK celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a community celebration, “Kayungcallerkaanek Qaneryaramta”, at the Yupiit Piciyarait Cultural Center. Festivities included an Indigenous Peoples' Day March, a Native Foods Potluck, Yuraq performances, and more. 
  • Monday, Oct. 10: The Northwest Campus in Nome, AK hosted its annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Film Festival from in the Northwest Campus Nagozruk Conference Room.
  • Monday, Oct. 10: The Alaska Native Language Center premiered a new film, Awake, followed by a short discussion.
  • Monday, Oct. 10: The Festival of Native Arts hosted their annual Fry Bread Taco Fundraiser in the Brooks Building on the Troth Yeddha' Campus. 
  • Monday, Oct. 10: Nanook Diversity and Action Center hosted a workshop on how to make beaded sun catchers with Laura Ekada in the Brooks Building Gathering Room. 
  • The College of Indigenous Studies hosted the annual “Rock your Moccs” week from Oct. 10-14. 
  • The College of Indigenous Studies hosted weekly “Kuspuk Wednesdays” for the month of October. Wear your kuspuks on Wednesday and tag @uafcrcd to have your photo featured on social media.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12: CIS hosted a monthly speaker series during the 2022-2023 academic year highlighting our research. This presentation in the series featured Tribal Governance faculty Michelle Demmert presenting on the impacts of the Violence Against Women Act in Alaska.

Date: Monday, October 11, 2021 (virtual)

The Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration took place on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Our goal in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day at is to honor Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. 

If you are in the community and your department or program honored the day - share with us! Let us know what you did and we can post it here for our community to join in. Email

Dr. Pearl BrowerIndigenous Peoples' Day 2021 Keynote:
Dr. Pearl Brower

About Dr. Brower: 

Dr. Brower joined the University of Alaska in August of 2021 and serves as the Senior Advisor for Alaska Native Success, Institutional Diversity and Student Engagement. Prior to joining the University team, she was the President and CEO of Brower Consulting Services, an independent consulting service around the state of Alaska.  In October of 2020, Dr. Brower left the Presidency of Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska’s only Tribal College where she had been in administration at the college for 13 years, the last 8 serving as President.

About the presentation:

“October 11th has transitioned in recent years to celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.  As Alaskans continue to engage in conversations around race, equity, diversity and inclusion, REDI, we look to recognize our Alaska Native Peoples for incredible accomplishments while at the same time discuss ways in which we all can set aside implicit bias and work together in cooperation and partnership for a brighter future for all Alaskans.”

IPD 2021 keynote Flyer link


Date: Monday, October 12, 2020

Theme: "Resiliency Through Hope and Love."

Many thanks to our IPD event planning team for putting together a virtual program in celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration will took place on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at 11 a.m. Our goal in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day at is to honor Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. The year's theme was "Resiliency Through Hope and Love". We hope to continue to:

  • Share how the interconnectedness of Indigenous people, land and spirit — the love and the hope of a sustainable future — is what drives us to work together.
  • Spread public awareness of the histories, experiences and resilience of Indigenous peoples.

Keynote: Heather Kendall-Miller

Alaska Native rights attorney, Heather Kendall-Miller gave the keynote address at 's Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at 11 a.m. The year's theme is "Resiliency Through Hope and Love." The event is available online at

Kendall-Miller is Denaina Athabaskan and a tribal member of the Curyung Tribe of Dillingham, Alaska. She received her Bachelors degree from in 1988 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991. After clerking with Chief Justice Rabinowitz of the Alaska Supreme Court, Heather received a two-year Skadden Fellowship to work for Alaska Legal Services and the Native American Rights Fund in the area of Alaska Native Rights. Heather became staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund in 1993. Her litigation experience is broad having argued before the United States Supreme Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc."

2020 Indigenous Peoples' Day Events
  • Oct12
      11 a.m.
  • Oct13

      10 a.m.-noon
  • Oct13

      6 p.m.

    Media coverage

    Media coverage

    • 2018 press release
    • Native America Calling: 
    • KTUU -TV "Late Edition" newscast in Anchorage
    • KTVF TV: 
    • Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: 
    • Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: 
    • Alaska Public Media: " joins in Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations"
    • KYUK Radio: 
    • KUAC Morning News on  (last story in newscast)
    • Alaska Public Radio Network:  story aired on: 

    Media coverage

    • 2017 press release
    • Fox News Online: 
    • Associated Press: 
    • National Native News: 
    • Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: 
    • KTVF TV: 
    • Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: ""
    • Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: 
    • Alaska Public Media: 
    • Arctic Sounder: 
    • Delta Discovery: 
    • KYUK Radio: 
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