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Alaska Native Business Management

Alaska Native Business Management Programs

Amanda Sagmoen and Professor Sharon Lind
Professor Sharon Lind (right) with Amanda Sagmoen (left), first student to complete the Minor in Alaska Native Business Management. (click for full story)

Alaska Native Corporations are an essential part of the Alaska economy. Learning the history, culture and management of these dynamic organizations is essential to anyone doing business in Alaska. This program is for both Alaska Native and non-Native students alike who plan to live and work in Alaska.

Alaska Native Corporations are an economic force in the State of Alaska and we need business professionals educated in the culture and management practices of these organizations.

Over fifty years after the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971, Alaska Native Corporations have diversified into successful state, national and global companies. A certificate or minor in Alaska Native Business Management prepares students for future work in Alaska where you will inevitably encounter an Alaska Native Corporation, created by ANCSA, or an Alaska Native non-profit, or tribe, affected by ANCSA.

Students who wish to complete the Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) or the minor in Alaska Native Business Management must complete all course requirements with a C grade or better in each class.

Courses for both programs include:

  • AKNS A201 Alaska Native Perspectives (3 credits)
  • BA A202 Alaska Native Organizations (3)
  • BA A401 Alaska Native Corporation Business Management (3 credits)
  • BA A402 Alaska Native Corporation Leadership (4 credits)
  • Alaska Native Studies (AKNS) electives (2 or 3 credits)

! Students who opt to take the Minor in Alaska Native Business Management need only take two (2) Alaska Native Studies elective credits, but must also take BA A151 Business Foundations (3 credits). Again, this is for the students in the minor. Students in the OEC do not need to take BA A151 and must complete three (3) Alaska Native Studies elective credits. Contact your advisor for details.

For more information, contact Sharon Lind, Assistant Professor of Management.