JUNEAU - A new facility aimed at assisting in research of Southeast Alaska Native cultures has opened in Juneau.
Sealaska Heritage Institute's expanded Special Collections Research Center includes a library that houses books on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.
It has a reading room with computer access and a storage room for the institute's historical documents, recordings and cultural objects.
Institute President Rosita Worl said Native peoples' voices often are absent from history, and then absent from educational material and curriculum.
The facility houses more than 3,000 publications, about 20,000 photographic images, roughly 300 cultural objects, and nearly 2,500 media items such as video and audio recordings.