Kenaitze educational hub slated for completion next spring

Barnadine Atchison speaks during a business luncheon at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Barnadine Atchison speaks during a business luncheon at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Barnadine Atchison speaks during a business luncheon at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion) A new education hub for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe that will accommodate cultural activities and tribal programs is expected to open next spring in Kenai. That’s according to Kenaitze Tribal Council Chair Bernadine Atchison, who spoke at a luncheon hosted by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Wednesday.

The Kahtnuht’ana Duhdeldiht Campus, meaning “the learning place,” has been in the works for more than 20 years and is scheduled to be complete in March of 2022. When finished, the campus will be more than 67,000 square feet and will serve as a place to host the tribe’s education programs.

“One good thing about our education campus is it kind of pulls everything together into one place,” Atchison said. The site of the campus, near the intersection of Kenai Spur Highway and S Forest Drive, is significant to the Kenaitze Tribe because it is close to one of their traditional villages and also has access to the beach, Atchison said. Of significance is that they will be able to see Mount Iliamna, Mount Redoubt and Mount Spurr, which are features of Kenaitze’s logo.

“It’s a very significant area over there,” Atchison said. “We’re very happy that we were able to select that spot.”

The 5-acre lot will accommodate the campus’s main structure, parking areas, a playground, a rain garden and a trail aimed at […]

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