Living Cultures in the North: Respecting Alaska Native People
Land & Community
Our land and communities are the foundation for who we are as Native peoples. We need healthy and thriving communities to move forward into the future. Our connection to land and its resources are central to our success and future.
Traditions & Culture
To ensure, regain, and restore healthy communities, we need to know our languages and histories; and we need to know the importance of being Alaska Native. When we know these things we know we are okay and that we belong.
Health & Education
We know it is time to choose to live a healthy life. Physically and mentally we must be engaged in activities that support healthier people. Education is critical to our success.
Elders and Youth Council Members:
Elders: Anna Frank (Doyon), Willie Goodwin Jr. (NANA), Carl Christiansen (Koniag), Daniel Karmun Sr. (Bering Straits), Florence Sheakley (Sealaska), Bill Barnes (Chugach), Roy Tansey Sr. (Ahtna), Dana Kopanuk (Calista), Nora Newman (Aleut), Paul Hansen (Bristol Bay), Priscilla Sage (ASRC), Lois Munson (CIRI)
Youth: Leslie Ambrose (Doyon), Lexi Staheli (NANA), Rosalyn Delgado (Koniag), Marjorie Tahbone (Bering Straits), Krista Lampe (Sealaska), Erik George Bonnegard (Chugach), Peter Ewan (Ahtna), Aaron Moses (Calista), Sophia Zacharof (Aleut), Tabitha Holm (Bristol Bay), Christina Aiken (ASRC), Kristen Weber (CIRI)
A special thank you to our Conference Planning Committee:
Perry Ahsogeak (Chair), Judith F. Evans, Terri Smoke, Robin Frank, Doreen Deaton, Matt Stevens, Jennifer Jolis, Jesse Carlstrom, Reverend Scott Fisher, Jill Holmgren, Robert Charley, Jennifer Maguire Freda M. Williams, Grete Hubbard, and Sheila Vent