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Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity

The Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity (ANDORE) is a project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, initiated by the Alaska Native Policy Center at First Alaskans Institute.

 Our project seeks to:

  • Reset and reshape the dialogue on race in Alaska by bringing people together to challenge perceptions through community conversations; seeking to raise the level of awareness and healing around race and racism;
  • To advance policy solutions towards racial equity.

ANDORE is a statewide project that aims to initiate, foster, and grow racial healing by meaningfully engaging in conversations in communities across Alaska on race, racism and racial equity; in order to move people into a place of understanding, healing and growth.

Click HERE to view a 45-minute webinar overview of ANDORE, presented to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in April 2013.

Click HERE to view an ANDORE Dialogue hosted in partnerhship with APTI titled "Conversations That Matter - Envisioning Racial Equity in Alaska"


Here are three more short videos that give voice to the importance of this project:

With a new generation, an opportunity to heal:

Through her experiences as an Alaska Native, Liz Hensley has come to realize that young people are the best-poised generation to begin dialogue on racism in order to begin to heal its wounds.

Generations join together to talk and heal in Alaska:

The Elders and Youth Conference, hosted annually by the First Alaskans Institute, provides a moment for young and old generations to come together to share in their common history and beliefs and begin the racial healing process.

Making a long term commitment to racial healing:

Elizabeth Medicine Crow of the First Alaskans Institute helps Alaska address racism by promoting dialogue.

Based on Indigenous principles and values, the ANDORE conversations will create a safe space to allow individuals to heal and move forward in a positive and powerful way. One of the main project goals is to eliminate the root cause of racism in Alaska, and to build understanding of its context and the systemic nature of its impacts, in order to make an impact at the policy level.

In looking for ways to promote and advance healing, Alaska Native ways of restoring community balance have guided the work around this issue. FAI uses indigenous dialogue processes, values, and respectful engagement to help participants speak candidly, meaningfully, and fully listen to one another to identify possible solutions towards healing.

The ANPC Project team consists of:

Elizabeth Medicine Crow, Jorie Paoli, and Stephen Blanchett.

ANDORE relies on the work of four main groups to ensure the success of the project:

  • Host Group
  • Visionary Group
  • Indigenized Focus Groups
  • Partnership Circle


Download Publications


(105 KB)
ANDORE Award Press Release
Description: Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity Award Press Release


(204 KB)
ANDORE Dialogue Agreements
Description: ANDORE Dialogue Agreements


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ANDORE Hosting Your Own Dialogue
Description: ANDORE Hosting Your Own Dialogue


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ANDORE Presentation - General Project Scope
Description: ANDORE Presentation - General Project Scope


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ANDORE project description
Description: ANDORE project description


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Mini-Documentaries Press Release
Description: Mini-Documentaries Promoting Racial Healing Press Release


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Powerful Questions to Stimulate Dialogue on Racism
Description: Powerful Questions to Stimulate Dialogue on Racism


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Sample Dialogue Flow
Description: Sample Dialogue Flow


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Sample Model for Hosting Dialogues on Racism and Racial Equity
Description: Sample Model for Hosting Dialogues on Racism and Racial Equity


NOTE: Many of the documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing. Acrobat Reader software may be downloaded for free from Adobe Systems, Inc.



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