Alaska Alive

People

William H. Seward negotiated with Russia for purchase of Alaska

March 30, 1867

Seward is from New York

First Alaska Organic Act

1884 - April 1912

which allowed for Alaska to become a judicial district as well as a civil one, with judges, clerks, marshals, and limited government officials appointed by the federal government to run the territory.

John H. Kinkead, Alaska's first governor

1884

Appointed by President Chester Arthur

Population: 32,052

1890

Population: 63,592

1900

Gold rush

Population: 64,356

1910

2nd Organic Act

April 1912

turned Alaska into a US territory with an elected legislature.

Population: 55,036

1920

Indian Citizenship Act

June 2, 1924 - Present

grants citizenship to Native Americans, including Alaska Natives, without terminating tribal rights and property

Alaska Voters' Literacy Act of 1925

April 1925

requiring that voters in territorial elections be able to read and write the English language

Population: 59,278

1930

Population: 72,524

1940

Population: 128,643

1950

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Alaska Statehood Act

July 7, 1958

Population: 226,167

1960

Land

US purchase of Alaska

March 30, 1867

7.2 million dollars

New Archangel capital city, now Sitka

October 18,1867 - 1900

Juneau new capital

1900 - Present

Replaces Sitka

Alaska enters Union

January 3, 1959

Education

First Formal School Established

1874

Established by Russians at Three Saints Bay-Kodiak Island

Dr. Sheldon Jackson appointed general agent of education

1885

Appointed for the Alaska Territory

Use of English in schools

1887

Federal Bureau of Education took over most mission schools

1894

Subsidizing of mission schools discontinued

The Nelson Act

1905

It provided for the education for the white children and children of "mixed blood" who lead a civilized life in parts of the territory outside incorporated areas

Cornerstone laid for Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines

July 4, 1915 - Present

later to become University of Alaska

Home Study

1939 - Present

students kindergarten through 12th grade may study at home through several school districts that operate distance learning correspondence programs, which serve traveling students and students living in remote areas

Mt. Edgecumbe opens as a boarding school for Alaska Natives

1947

First edition of "We Teach in Alaska" issued

1957

First edition of "We Teach in Alaska" issued to provide a manual for BIA teachers in Alaska's remote schools

First secondary level program in a BIA day school established

1960

Established with opening of 9th grade at Unalakleet

Bureau of Indian Affairs stop operating rural schools

1985

Development of the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination

1997

Students must pass exam and earn at least 21 credits to receive high school diploma

2004 - April 2017

$59,667 average salary of teachers

2010

approximately 500 public schools

2010

22 1/2 credits required for High School Diploma

April 2017 - Present