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Ahtna Kanas Spring 2016

Carson President of Newly Formed Culture Club

Photo of Kitlisa Clark

Shareholder-owner Kitlisa Clark Carson, a member of Chitina Village and daughter of Joyce and Gene Clark, serves as president and is a founding member of the Alaska Native Cultures Club of Mat-Su College, which was formed last February.

The club’s mission is “To provide Alaska Native students a group-based avenue for camaraderie, facilitate leadership and a platform of common interests.” The participating students appreciate the companionship the club brings and enjoy having a place that feels like home.

The club had a full day of activities on November 18 in celebration of Alaska Native Heritage Month.  Traditional food was served and there were displays and demonstrations on cultural activities, like beading and yo-yo making. The Miracle Drummers and Dancers performed, and Pamyua capped off the evening with a concert. A record number attended the event and the club is excited to build on its success with future events.

Collage of photos of Culture Club

The University of Alaska Anchorage Diversity Action Council recently recognized Kitlisa for her work to cultivate a rich, inclusive and diverse community.

Kitlisa holds an associate’s degree in accounting and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts and taking advantage of the college’s Veterinary Assistant Program. After graduation, she plans to use her knowledge and love for animals to work in a veterinary office.

People from the community are welcome to provide input to the Mat-Su Alaska Native Cultures Club, and anyone interested in learning more about Alaska Native cultures is welcome to join. For more information on the club, or if you would like to get involved, please email