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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Shareholder Spotlight: Clinton Ray Lageson

Though CIRI shareholder Clinton Ray Lageson spends much of his time collaborating with and advocating for Alaska Native and American Indian people across the U.S., his heart is at home with his Tribe and his family.

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Descendant Spotlight: Piper Tolbert

With a background in political science, a heart to help and a passion for activism, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched that CIRI descendant Piper Tolbert could one day hold the highest office in the land.

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Descendant Spotlight: Rachel Crosley

CIRI descendant Rachel Crosley dedicates two hours per week to the Fairbanks, Alaska, chapter of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support and increase the number of women in computer science.

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