Tlingit, Haida women among First Alaskans’ Institute fellows

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Local student makes honor roll

Margaret Acquaah of Juneau has earned a place on the President’s List for the second quarter of the 2019-20 school year. Maggie is a senior at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia.

Only students who achieve a GPA of 4.0 or higher are named to the President’s List.

Margaret Acquaah is the daughter of Terry-Ann and Devon Francis of Juneau.

Tlingit, Haida women among Institute fellows

First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Alaska Native nonprofit, recently announced its 2020 Al Adams Young Political Leader and Public Policy Fellowship cohort.

Among those chosen for the fellowship are Bonnie Morris (Haida) and Megan Lukmak’ Warren (Tlingit); Angela Kaiyira Jenkins (Yup’ik/Koyukon) rounds out the cohort, and Samuel Hiratsuka (Unangax̂/Winnemem Wintu/Navajo) was chosen as the Al Adams Young Political Leader.

Morris is of the Eagle moiety, Ts’eehl Laanaas clan from Hydaburg. She recently completed a three-year Haida language program and was the Hydaburg community liaison for Sealaska Heritage Institute. Rep. Dan Ortiz, NA-Ketchikan, will host Morris where she will support his work on the Tribal Affairs Committee.

Lukmak’ is of the Raven moiety, Coho clan and Frog house, and her family originates from Dry Bay, Alaska. She was born and raised in Anchorage and is a citizen of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Her grandmother is Barbara Fleek who grew up in various communities in Southeast Alaska and her grandfather is Wayne Fleek from Juneau. Her mother, Adrienne Fleek, was raised in Yakutat and her father Kirk Warren is originally from Detroit, Michigan. Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson, D-Anchorage, will host Lukmak’.

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