Former CIRI Director Clare Swan was recently inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Swan was recognized for her achievements in political activism related to issues that affect Alaska Native people, including subsistence fishing rights and community health.
Swan was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. She served on CIRI’s Board of Directors from 1991 to 2005 and on Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Board of Directors since 1998, where she has been board chair since 2000.
Swan was honored as Elder of the Year by the Alaska Federation of Natives in 2009. She is most thankful for her husband of 60 years “who has supported me as a person.”