More than Just Fish

Volunteers distributed 12,000 pounds of fish to Alaska Native families on March 25 and 26 as part of Operation Fish Drop, a grass-roots initiative to ensure Alaska Native Elders and others have access to traditional foods this spring.

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Descendant Spotlight: Torin Jacobs

From an air-conditioned trailer in the Iraq desert, CIRI descendant Torin Jacobs started making the beats that would define him as a hip-hop artist, electronic musician and producer.

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Shareholder Spotlight: Eric Watson

Even during a global pandemic, CIRI shareholder Eric Watson is committed to helping the eight federally recognized tribes within the Cook Inlet region collaborate and strengthen their relationships with each other and with Cook Inlet Tribal Council.

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Shareholder Spotlight: Amber Christensen Fullmer

CIRI shareholder Amber Christensen Fullmer (Inupiaq) decided to mark her hands and arms with traditional lines because, as a mixed-race person, “I could step out of being Native and into whiteness without thinking about it,” she explains.

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Descendant Spotlight: LeeAnn Cooper Garrick

When LeeAnn Cooper Garrick was a young teen, her father picked her up after school one day and took her to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to apply for her Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card.

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Shareholder Spotlight: Rhonda Shelford Jansen

CIRI shareholder Rhonda Shelford Jansen’s art may evoke images of the past, but it took coming into her own as an adult and evolving past a “fear of failure that begins to diminish when you reach middle age” to commit to the act of creating said art.

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