The Arctic Contamination Conference
held in Anchorage, Alaska in May of 1993, was the genesis
of the Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC). The
conference opened with a keynote address by Alaskaís U.S.
Senator Frank Murkowski speaking on the topic "The Environmental
Legacy of the Cold War." After several days of
hearing ìwar stories," like Project Chariot and iodine
experimentation on Alaska Natives, the Native community knew
it was time to continue the battle on a new front.
A position paper was prepared
which stated the desire of the Native community to become
actively involved in scientific research, to become aware
and informed of science investigating Native lives and environment,
and to ensure that when science is performed in Alaska it
is with the knowledge, cooperation and understanding of the
In October 1993, the Alaska
Federation of Natives (AFN) passed a unanimous resolution
at their annual convention to support the creation of an Alaska
Native Science Commission.
During 1994, a series of workshops
were held with Native community leaders and elders and Arctic
scientists and researchers to discuss the formation and structure
of the ANSC. Funding was received from the National
Science Foundation to assist in establishing the ANSC.
These funds will facilitate the growth of the ANSC into an
independent body which will provide the primary link between
the scientific community and the Alaska Native community.