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A Native-Alaskan Seat at the Table

June 23, 2017

Located in Barrow, the northernmost tip of the United States, the Alaskan-native-run Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC) provides social and economic resources to nearly 3,000 Inupiat shareholders and their descendants. On the sidelines of the Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum, the corporation’s president, Anthony Edwardsen, described the challenges of balancing local interests with increasingly global interests in the Arctic and the importance of having “our seat at the table.”

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