Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 7, 2001):
The Sheldon Jackson School is nationally significant for its important role in the education of Native Alaskans during the first half of the twentieth century and in the transformation of Southeast Native Alaskan cultures during this period. Through education that emphasized English,students were taught to adopt elements of Euro-American culture. Changes in Native Alaskan life were also instigated by the removal of native students from their homes to the school,and by the promotion of skills other than those used in traditional Native occupations. The school also played an important although indirect role,through its students,in the development of Native Alaskan political organization and the pursuit of legal rights for Native Alaskans.