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All Arctic Studies Center programs and exhibits are co-designed with universities, northern communities and government and non-profit agencies to realize diverse scientific and educational goals. One important partnership with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art resulted in the opening of an ASC office in Anchorage, Alaska in 1994. In 2000, we began a formal relationship with the National Museum of the American Indian, creating additional resources for the study of the Arctic.

Over the years, the ASC's resources and partnerships have resulted in many innovative programs and projects. Community-based archaeology and history, collaborative exhibit development, knowledge repatriation and indigenous interpretation of museum collections all form part of an integrated approach to shared discovery and learning. The Arctic Studies Center is currently involved in producing numerous publication and media projects, including the launch of its own publication series titled Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology. ASC also participates in several education programs, seminars, conferences and symposiums with the public and native communities. Thanks to these efforts, the Arctic Studies Center is bringing the Smithsonian's collections and research out of "the nation's attic" and introducing them to audiences around the globe.

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