Following the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act (ANCSA), the Forum is hosting a series of conversations that are aimed at exploring our relationship with one another and the policy. These local and statewide conversations will be grounded not in academic or professional expertise, but in lived experiences.
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Crystal Jackson is a Customer Experience Manager and an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and inclusion team for GCI. In addition, Crystal is also an Inupiat painter and small business owner. Passionate about mental health, Crystal is NAMI Juneau board member, a certified suicide prevention trainer, and a volunteer with Big Brother Big Sister of Juneau.
Brianna is originally from King Cove, Alaska. Her grandparents are the late Lydia and Ernest William Mack of King Cove; her parents are Dorene Bunch Mack-Bunch and Chris Bunch of North Pole, and Lavelle and Silvia Webb of Seattle. She has two children; Aaliyah and LaCross III. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Rural Development from AF, a graduate degree in Leadership and Human Resources, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology (Social and Diversity Change). She enjoys spending her time outdoors gardening, hiking, fishing, and berry picking. She also enjoys a good book and dancing with her children.
Casey Groat, Baayin, is a Tribal citizen of Naknek Native Village where her and her four sisters were raised by their parents, Guy Groat IlI, from Bristol Bay, and Darlene Groat (Ivanoff), from Unalakleet. Casey received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services and minor in American Cultural Studies from Western Washington University and has worked in the human services field for the past 16 years. One of Casey's passions is healthy identity development and ensuring children have lifelong connections to their culture.
The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.
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