Bridging Miles and Cultures With Alaska Tribal Training Program
Thoughts about distance learning conjure-up notions of miles and miles separating teachers from students.
That’s all well and good. But the issues, and the challenges, really get interesting when it’s not just geographical distances that must be successfully spanned, but also different cultures.
That’s the case in an ongoing initiative teaming scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) with Tribal Governments and leaders in Alaska and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Tribal Governments bring to the table a wealth of familiarity and understanding of the natural resources and environment. Many are committed to maintaining and enhancing the self-sufficiency of their villages, they seek to build on their existing stewardship and monitoring of fish and wildlife, and they yearn to expand the employment opportunities their people have available in effectively managing their resources. Theirs is a body of knowledge they accumulate over the decades, centuries even, and it’s something each generation takes pride in passing down to the next.
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