The Anchorage Museum has instituted a targeted, race-based admission policy which offers free access to the museum for those who claim to be of Alaska Native descent.
“We prioritize strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities, expanding on representation of history guided by Indigenous voices and leadership, and continuing efforts to evolve museum practices,” the museum’s website explains. “Free general admission for Alaska Native visitors is an active choice to honor these commitments.
In justifying its decision to treat patrons differently based on their race or ethnicity, the museum website states that a “significant portion” of its collection is comprised of Alaska Native cultural artifacts.
Showing preference to those claiming to have Alaska Native ancestry is “one way the museum honors, supports, and respects the Indigenous cultures of Alaska, in addition to providing access to the collection, supporting sovereignty projects and through land acknowledgements, while also co-creating and presenting events and exhibitions with Indigenous artists and stakeholders,” the website adds.
In determining whether a patron is eligible for the race-based discount, the museum said it will simply take the person’s word if they claim to be Alaska Native.
“Will I be asked to prove/verify that I am Alaska Native/Indigenous to Alaska to get free general admission?” the website notes. “No. Alaska Native visitors may self-declare at the ticketing desk and museum staff will issue the appropriate admission ticket. You will not be asked to provide any form of identification or tribal enrollment information.”
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Free admission, however, does not extend to those who identify as descending from a non-Alaska Native tribe.
A school or community group, which includes both Alaska Natives and non-Natives, will need to contact the museum to work out the details, the website states, while emphasizing that free passes will not be extended to Alaska residents who are “born and raised in Alaska but not of Alaska Native descent.”
Supported by the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Museum Foundation, and private, corporate and foundation funds, the museum has increasingly become a mouthpiece for climate change alarmism, critical race theory, diversity, equity and inclusion and LGBTQ activism.
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