Denelchin Lab has a new building and Terrence Long has a new life!

Updated: Aug. 18, 2023 at 4:59 PM AKDT
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The Cook Inlet Tribal Council‘s Denelchin Lab — aka the Fab Lab — had its grand opening on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The totally renovated, state-of-the-art creative space was made in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a place for students to use high-tech design programs, industrial grade machines and programming tools to transform ideas into reality. The new facility is a community effort designed to uplift and empower Indigenous youth from across the state. One of those who benefited from the program is Terrence Long, who came to the program as a middle schooler. He was homeless, couch surfing, and living in his family’s truck. After he joined the CITC after-school program, he discovered an accepting community that celebrated his Inupiaq heritage. Dave talked to Terrence about his journey from a homeless 6th-grader to now a staff member at the very program that changed his life. For more information on the Cook Inlet Tribal Council visit their website: