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A statewide cultural and education center based in Alaska and dedicated to its Native cultures and heritages has named four directors to its board. 

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC), an Anchorage-based nonprofit, reported that the four incoming directors — Tiffany Tutiakoff (Yup’ik/Dena’ina), Mechelle Ravenmoon (Dena’ina), Maija Katak Lukin (Inupiaq) and Grant Rebne (Ahtna Athabascan) — will all serve a three year term to preserve and protect the traditions, languages, and art of Alaska’s Native Peoples. 

The new directors are selected through a competitive process that takes into account the nominees years of experience, demonstrated abilities and dedication to the Alaska Native community. 

ANHC focuses on preserving  and strengthening the traditions, languages, and art of Alaska's Native People through statewide collaboration, celebration, and education. ANHC is preparing for several redesign projects of internal spaces, and is launching a new Responsibility Plan to guide their work forward, according to a statement. 

“As the only statewide living cultural center with Board representation from each region in our state, staff is looking forward to bringing our mission and vision to every area in our state and beyond,” ANHC President and CEO, Emily Edenshaw said . “Every Alaska Native person, whether you live in rural, urban, or outside of our state, deserves to have access to their culture and ways of life no matter where they live.”

ANHC is also announced new officer positions, including Alex Cleghorn (Alutiiq), chairman; Benjamin Mallott (Tlingit), vice chair; Lauren Johnson (Alutiiq/Athabascan), secretary; and Brandy Niclai (Athabascan/Yup’ik), treasurer.

About The Author
Kaili Berg
Author: Kaili Berg
Kaili Berg (Aleut) is a member of the Alutiiq/Sugpiaq Nation, and a shareholder of Koniag, Inc. She is a staff reporter for Native News Online and Tribal Business News. Berg, who is based in Wisconsin, previously reported for the Ho-Chunk Nation newspaper, Hocak Worak. She went to school originally for nursing, but changed her major to digital media after finding her passion in communications at Western Technical College in Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
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