A locally-produced documentary that features Alaska Native students working to balance cultural obligations with a college education will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 on 360 North Public Television. Following the documentary, a half-hour panel discussion on the film taped at the University of Alaska Southeast will be shown.
In Juneau, 360 North is on GCI cable channel 18 or over the air at 3.3.
Since 2004, the Alaska College Track Series has followed several rural Alaska Native students on their path toward graduation, including Ralph and Gloria Wolfe of Yakutat and Hydaburg residents Ben and Marita Young. The series documents how different a university education can be when a student is also struggling to preserve and rebuild a culture.
Yakutat resident Amanda Bremner Porter has been featured in all three installments of the College Track series, in 2004, 2007 and 2013. In 2011, she received a bachelor’s degree from UAS in liberal arts with an emphasis in English and minor in social science and Tlingit. She is the current Lingit Language Director for the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe.
Bremner Porter is also part of the half-hour panel discussion with alumni and current students immediately following the documentary. The panel is moderated by X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages at UAS. Also on the panel are current students Jasper Nelson, Charles McKenry and Michelle Martin. Like Bremner Porter, Martin was part of a televised panel discussion for the initial Alaska College Track program back in 2004.
Alaska College Track 3 is produced by Lucid Reverie in association with UAS, with funding from First National Bank Alaska.