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Magnetic North: Jacob Anaġi Adams, Sr.

Jacob Anaġi Adams, Sr. is an Iñupiaq elder from Utqiaġvik, Alaska. He attended the Wrangell Institute boarding school and completed high school at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. Adams is a successful whaling captain with his Anaġi Crew, and an active participant in Utqiaġvik’s political and business arena. He fought for the passage of the 1972 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and helped establish Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. He was elected to the first assembly when the North Slope Borough was incorporated in 1972, was the first elected president of the Assembly in 1978, and was appointed mayor of the North Slope Borough in 1978. From 1983-2006, Jacob was President and CEO of ASRC, and currently is a member of their Board of Directors. He served as Chairman of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission from 1977-1980 and has been active in the Native sobriety movement, helping to create the Alaska Native Blue Ribbon Commission in the late 1980s.

Magnetic North is a documentary film series that explores the personality and character of Alaskans whose actions and ideas have shaped the history, spirit, and values of our state. The films are written and directed by Marla Williams. Learn more about Magnetic North here.

Magnetic North: Vic Fisher

Born an American, he arrived a stranger to his country, but not for long. Vic Fischer would shape futures across Alaska and the country as a city planner, as a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, as a state legislator and activist. Nearly a century old, Fischer remains a passionate advocate for Alaska.

Magnetic North is a documentary film series that explores the personality and character of Alaskans whose actions and ideas have shaped the history, spirit, and values of our state. The films are written and directed by Marla Williams. Learn more about Magnetic North here

 

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