ERIC Number: ED252333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Alaska Educational Systems in Action at Eagle, Alaska: 1901-1981. Summary of Eagle's Schools Eighty Years.
Scott, Elva R.
The 80-year history of education at Eagle on the Yukon (Alaska) includes 40 years when a dual system (white-Indian) was in operation, times when only one school was open, and changes following statehood. Eagle City was founded in 1898; the first white school opened in 1901 with seven students. The Indians lived at Eagle Village, 3 miles upriver. After the Episcopal Church sent a teacher to Eagle Village in 1905, the Bureau of Education sent a teacher in 1909 and the federal government remained responsible for that school until 1967. Sometimes the Eagle City school was closed because of insufficient enrollment and sometimes the Eagle Village school was closed for lack of funds; there are no records indicating that one group used the other's school during these periods. Statehood brought some attention to local school districts and in 1967 Eagle became a part of the rural-oriented Division of State Operated Schools, the new Bureau of Indian Affairs school in Eagle Village was transferred to the state, and Eagle's dual school system ended. Secondary education continues to be a problem for Eagle, and for Alaska. A high school was begun in 1976, but many Eagle area students prefer correspondence study. (BRR)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alaska (Eagle); Bureau of Indian Affairs
Note: Paper presented at the Alaska Historical Society Educational Conference (Valdez, AK, October 1982).