Jackson creates education policy for alaska
In the Hootch v. Alaska State Operated School System decision, the state was no longer allowed to press Native Alaskan students into boarding schools. Now the state was legally responsible for providing education to Native Alaskan students in their towns.
Russians establish first permanent settlement at Three Saints Bay on Kodiak Island
purchased for $7,200,000
Alaska becomes the 49th state to be admitted to the Union.
9.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Alaska. It second largest in world history.
Using the Bering Land Bridge natives of Russia migrated over the land bridge to Alaska.
Vitus Bering and his Russian cohorts arrive in Alaska for the first time.
Sheldon Jackson introduced domesticated reindeer herds to Alaska for two reasons: to provide what he thought were starving Native Alaskans with sustenance and as a subtle assimilation technique in which he thought the Native Alaskans would become more civilized as they transitions from subsistence hunters to modern day entrepreneurs.
In response to an outbreak of diphtheria in Nome, multiple sled dog teams worked together to race medicine from Nenana to save those afflicted. This led to the creation of the Iditarod, an annual sled dog race covering hundreds of miles.
President Nixon signs the Alaska Claims Settlement Act giving Natives title to 44 million acres.