Over the course of little more than a century, Alaska communities transformed from primarily Indigenous to some of the most culturally diverse in the United States. What changed? A combination of economic and political forces combined to reshape the population.

This special report from Alaska Public Media’s Kirsten Swann and Joey Mendolia for Retro Local is part of our collaboration with Retro Report, a new series airing on PBS nationwide. This is the second Retro Local special report. The first special explored the historical roots of restorative justice in Alaska. 

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