Alaska Native charter school to emphasize culture

A group of Native and education leaders in Fairbanks, Alaska, is asking for approval to start a charter school that will focus on Alaska Native culture.

If approved, the Effie Kokrine Charter School will open in the fall of 2005 and serve Native and non-Native students in seventh through ninth grades. Additional grades will be added every year, says Sharon McConnell Gillis, executive director of the Doyon Foundation.

The school plans on using Native culture, history and practices in its curriculum. Native teachers and elders will be brought in.

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Group plans Native-focused charter school (The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 4/26)