ERIC Number: ED468839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Racism's Frontier: The Untold Story of Discrimination and Division in Alaska.
Alaska State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
In response to an incident in which white teenagers shot Alaska Natives with frozen paintballs, the Alaska State Advisory Committee (SAC) to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hosted a 2-day community forum in Anchorage. The forum solicited input about improving race relations from state, local, and federal officials, representatives of advocacy groups and community organizations, and Alaska residents, and focused on education, employment, and the administration of justice. The SAC also obtained input specifically from Alaska Natives in a day-long session at the annual Conference of the Alaska Federation of Natives. Civil rights issues unique to Alaska include an urban/rural divide, with residents of remote rural villages (predominantly Native Alaskans) often receiving inferior state and federal services, if any at all; rural subsistence lifestyles based on access to natural resources; and local control of natural resources through tribal self-governance. A chapter on educational issues covers racial disparities in achievement, lack of teacher diversity and cultural integration, and inadequate funding for rural schools. A chapter on economic opportunity and employment discusses employment trends, assessment of the employment divide, and achieving employment equity for minority groups. A chapter on the administration of justice describes law enforcement and public safety, victimization of Alaska Natives, public safety in rural Alaska, the criminal justice system, and corrections. Thirty-eight recommendations are made in the areas of education, employment, and justice, as well as five general recommendations. An appendix lists forum participants. (Each chapter contains footnotes.) (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Government Role, Indigenous Personnel, Justice, Law Enforcement, Racial Discrimination, Rural Urban Differences, Self Determination, Trust Responsibility (Government)
For full text: http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/aksac02/ak02.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska