Within East

Elitnaurvik is a Yup'ik word for "A place to learn"

This is Dena’ina ełnena. Anchorage is Dena’ina homeland. Chin’an people of Eklutna and the Dena'ina people for the use of this land.

Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement recognizing the Indigenous people of a place. It is a public gesture of appreciation for the past and present Indigenous stewardship of the lands that we now occupy. Land Acknowledgment opens a space with gratefulness and respect for the contributions, innovations, and contemporary perspective of Indigenous peoples. It is an actionable statement that marks our collective movement towards decolonization and equity. ~ Anchorage Museum

EWE's Mission

Elitnaurvik Within East’s mission is to provide an educational community for Native students where they can feel pride and comfort within East High School.

EWE promotes cultural pride, self-respect, and life-long academic and social success through parent, teacher and student cooperation.

About EWE

Akutaq/Nivigi/Eskimo Ice Cream Samples

Elitnaurvik Within East (EWE), established in 1987, provides programs and opportunities for over 300 Alaska Native and American Indian students each year at East Anchorage High School.

EWE supports Native student academics by connecting students to tutoring opportunities, as well as providing direct services to teach students good study habits and organizational skills. EWE staff provide Native students and families with a connection to many opportunities, school and community events, scholarships, internships, employment and postsecondary educational options.

EWE incorporates Native values into the services provided, and concentrates on addressing different learning styles within its program. EWE enjoys widespread support in the community.

The EWE Program utilizes expert staff and relies on connections with many community organizations, including:

Title VI Indian Education

Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Migrant Education

Title I Child In Transition

Southcentral Foundation

UAA's Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Student Conservation Association

Alaska Geographic

Benny Benson Secondary School


King Tech High School

Anchorage Museum

And many more