Growing up in Alaska’s villages used to mean an automatic trip to boarding school after 8th grade. Aleut Larry Merculief, who was raised on St. Paul Island, ended up at Mount Edgecombe High School in Sitka, which was run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the time. For our series on Native education, we’re asking Native leaders in the state to tell the stories of their formative years in school. Merculieff remembers disliking the regimented atmosphere of Mount Edgecombe. So he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
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