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First Alaskans Institute Board of Trustees

First Alaskans Institute is governed by an 9-member Board of Trustees, composed of current and past presidents, chairs, and co-chairs of the Alaska Federation of Natives, as well as other Alaska Native leaders. The Board of Trustees are:

Willie Iġġiaġruk Hensley – Chairman (Iñupiaq)

Professor and Author

Sam Kito, Jr., Vice Chair (Tlingit)

Owner, Kito, Inc.

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, Secretary/Treasurer (Yup’ik)

President, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Sven Haakanson, Jr., PhD (Alutiiq/Sugpiat)

Curator of Native American Anthropology, Burke Museum
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Washington

Richard Savik Glenn (Iñupiaq)

Former ASRC Executive Vice President of External Affairs

Sylvia Lange (Tlingit/Aleut)

Owner, Cordova’s Reluctant Fisherman Hotel
Eyak Corporation Board of Directors

Oliver Leavitt (Iñupiaq)

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

Georgianna Lincoln (Athabascan)

Doyon Ltd. Board of Directors
Former State Senator


Rosita Yeidiklasókw, Kaaháni Worl, Ph.D. (Tlingit)

Executive Director, Sealaska Heritage Institute


In Memoriam:

Morris Thompson (Athabascan)

Byron I. Mallott (Tlingit)

Albert Kookesh (Tlingit)