Southeast heritage institute wins $4.5 million in grants

Associated PressSeptember 28, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Sealaska Heritage Institute is receiving three federal grants totaling about $4.5 million.

Institute officials say about $2 million will be awarded over two years to help build an educational facility in downtown Juneau for the study and sharing of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures. The facility will be named the Walter Soboleff Center after the Tlingit leader who died last year.

Another grant for $1.2 million will be distributed over three years. Institute officials say the money will fund cultural orientation programs for teachers in the University of Alaska Southeast and the Juneau School District.

The third grant is for $1.37 million and will be distributed over three years. Some of it will go toward culture-based math summer camps for Southeast Alaska middle students.

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