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An eleven-member board of directors provides leadership and governance for the Alutiiq Museum. Board members represent eight Kodiak Alutiiq organizations, and are appointed to serve the museum for their management expertise and their interest in heritage preservation.

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Margaret Roberts
"The museum has made a difference in lots of lives."

Margaret Roberts – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Chair
Representing Koniag Incorporated

Margaret Roberts was born and raised on Kodiak and says, “ I wouldn’t live any where else, I love it here.” Her late parents are Martha and Jack Wagner, and her grandparents were Speridon Patarochin and Margaret Lohr. She was adopted by Ronald Fadaoff. She is married to Gary Roberts and they have four children and six grandchildren.

“The museum is important to me because I was on the KANA board of directors when the museum was just a dream. We wanted to preserve the history and language. All the artifacts were everywhere else and we wanted to bring them home. The museum has made a difference in lots of lives. The way it was put together, it belongs to Native corporations, bringing a lot of unity. Plus it encourages youth to do great artistic things. It brings locals and travelers here to tell a story of our history.”

 


Loretta Nelson



"The museum serves as a centerpiece for celebration of who we are and makes me proud to be Sugpiaq."

Loretta NelsonAlutiiq Heritage Foundation Vice Chair
Representing the Afognak Native Corporation

Loretta is the daughter of Martha and Willie Nelson.  She grew up in Port Lions and believe the museum is important because it helps people connect to Alutiiq culture.

"The museum is important to me because it represents our culture and keeps it revitalized. Some of my family members that live in California come up once a year. On one of their visits they went out to a dig, and my nephew found a slate arrowhead. It was so exciting for him and everyone else; it also got him more interested in his own culture he knows little about."
 
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Doneen Tweten
"I believe in preserving the Alutiiq heritage. It enlightens the Kodiak region."

Donene Tweten – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Secretary
Representing Natives of Kodiak Incorporated

Donene Tweten was born and raised in Kodiak. Her parents are Julia and Paul Wolkoff and she is married to Arnold Tweten. They have two grown sons, Paul and Chris, who both live in Oregon, and two grand daughters. The Twetens own Kodiak Rental Center and Donene has worked for the State of Alaska for 30 years.

“The museum is important to me because I believe in preserving the Alutiiq heritage. Being on the museum's board, seeing everything that goes on, and the work that the employees do, I believe I promote the museum more.”

 
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Perry Eaton

"The Alutiiq Museum is the focal point for the discussion around our past, present and future island culture."
 

Perry Eaton – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Treasurer
Representing the Ouzinkie Native Corporation

The son of Hank Eaton, Perry grew up on his father fishing boat in the waters around Kodiak. He has spent his adult life supporting  Alutiiq and Alaska Native peoples as an artist, an educator, a businessman, and a community leader.

"For me the Alutiiq museum is the focal point for the discussion around our past, present and future island culture. I need to
understand the past to celebrate the present and plan for the future.  The museum is the institution that serves as the forum for this vital conversation."


 

Jay BaldwinAlutiiq Heritage Foundation Board Member
Representing Leisnoi, Inc.
 
 
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Margie Bezona
"The museum . . . helps us understand our culture and our language."

Margie Bezona – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Board Member
Representing the Kodiak Area Native Association

Margie is the daughter of Alvin and Arlene Nelson. She grew up in Port Lions. Today, she lives in Kodiak with her huband Bret and their three boys

"The museum is important to me because it helps us understand our culture and our langauge and helps preserve what we can. I think it makes a big difference when they have those Alutiiq weeks in the villages. And for myself, when I was able to . . . help out at the camps for the culture week, my son got to attend. He did his first carving."
 


April Laktonen Counceller
"Our museum is a powerful expression of cultural sovereignty and pride."

 

April Laktonen CouncellerAlutiiq Heritage Foundation Board Member
Representing Koniag, Inc.

April Laktonen Counceller, Ph.D., also known as Isiik, is an Assistant Professor of Alutiiq Language and Culture at Kodiak College, She is an enrolled tribal member of the Native Village of Larsen Bay, and resides in Kodiak, AK.  She also sits on the Koniag, Inc. Board of Directors, and the Alaska Native Language Preservation & Advisory Council. April lives in Kodiak with her husband and two daughters.
 
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Fred Coyle

"I have grown to love my culture and the museum is a reminder of how important it is to me."


Fred Coyle – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Board Member
Representing Akhiok Kaguyak Incorporated

Fred grew up in Akhiok, raised by his parents Fred and Jeannie Coyle. His married to Irene Coyle and they have five grown children.

"The museum is important to me because it connects me to my culture, that I was not well aware of when I was younger. I was a little ashamed of my culture when I was a kid and didn't know any better. I have grown to love my culture and the museum is a reminder of how important it is to me. The Native community has never really had anything, and when the museum came in, I was honored that we had something so significant. I like how the corporations and the museum are so involved with each other."
 
 
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Tanya Inga

 

 

Tanya Inga – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Board Member
Representing the Old Harbor Native Corporation

Tanya was born and raised in Old Harbor.

 
 
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Gordon Pullar

"The museum serves as a centerpiece for celebration of who we are and makes me proud to be Sugpiaq."

Gordon Pullar – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Board Member
At Large Member Representing the Alutiiq Community

"The Alutiiq Museum helps us understand our past so we can more effectively chart our future. Because of some of the traumatic events of our history we have faced some special challenges in reclaiming our culture. The museum serves as a centerpiece for celebrating who we are and makes me proud to be a Sugpiaq."
 
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Andy Teuber

"The museum serves to illustrate the endurance and adaptability of Kodiak's people."

Andy Teuber – Alutiiq Heritage Foundation Board Member
Representing the Kodiak Area Native Association

Andy Teuber, the President of the Kodiak Area Native Association, was born and raised in Kodiak.  His parents are Andrew Teubr, Sr. and Judy Lion.

"I believe the museum is vital in that it provides a touchstone and resource for those wanting or needing to gain exposure and an understanding of their family's heritage; and also for others to understand and appreciate Kodiak's rich Native history and culture. The museum serves as the central local repository of articles and knowledge for current and future generations. The efforts taken to preserve the knowledge of the Eders is essential and I'm grateful the importance of this need is recognized. The museum serves to illustrate the endurance and adaptability of Kodiak's people. I'm most impressed with the language program because I believe the culture is embedded in the language. It's remarkable." 

 

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