Funding For Tribal-Run School Running Out

Josi Willcox is the education director at Palmer’s Ya Ne Dah Ah school in Palmer. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A tribal-run K-8 school near Palmer has made the study of Alaska Native language and culture its cornerstone. But, funding to continue the Ahtna language studies at Ya Ne Dah Ah school is drying up. The school has applied for Bureau of Indian Affairs assistance, but it’s been turned down because of old state education legislation.

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