Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 and Hazy Island Books, publishers of "In Sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood," recently donated $500 from holiday sales of the book to the University of Alaska Southeast's Wooch.een Student Club for its Eagle Totem Fundraising Campaign.
"We believe profits from In Sisterhood should be used to fund scholarships and other worthy projects," said Marie Olson, ANS Camp 2.
"The Eagle Totem Fundraising Campaign is a project of the Wooch.een Student Club, and we are very enthusiastic about the work Kolene and Lyle James are doing on campus to preserve the Tlingit language and help Native students transition into the university."
Kolene James is coordinator of UAS's Native and Rural Students Program. Lyle James is a PITAAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools) student, who, working with Kolene and PITAAS program director Jacqueline Tagaban, coordinates UAS's annual Native Oratory Contest.
"Kolene, Lyle, Jackie and the many student members of Wooch.een, along with the UAS's broader 'cultural infusion' group, are working so hard together to raise awareness around the issues facing Native students at the University, and the Eagle Totem, in honoring students of the Eagle moiety, as well as the Auk Kwaan, on whose land the campus resides, is such an important part of that," said Liz Dodd, Hazy Island Books co-owner and UAS adjunct English instructor.
In the book, a compilation of oral histories of the Juneau women who founded and have sustained ANS Camp 2 since its founding in 1922, was published last year.
"When Marie Olson suggested this year's proceeds from holiday sales of the book go to Wooch.een, we saw it as a way to support UAS, Wooch.een students and future women of the Alaska Native Sisterhood," said Kim Metcalfe, who edited the book with Dodd.
At the time of receiving the donation, UAS Chancellor John Pugh lauded the Eagle Totem Fundraising campaign, noting it has been the most successful student-led fundraising project in the University's history. The Eagle Totem, carved last summer by Brothers Joe and T.J. Young, will be raised on campus this spring.
The public can contribute to the Eagle Totem Fundraising Campaign online at www.uas.alaska.edu/nrsc/eagle-totem/donate.html or by mail to UAS, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 11120 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801.