Dena’ina

Olivia, Fairbanks/Anchorage (she/her): Olivia is first from Fairbanks, but now lives in Anchorage. While Olivia can’t roll her r’s, wink, or whistle she does have years of experience in electoral campaign work, brief stint in the legislature, non-profit and fundraising work. Her work focuses on voting rights, accessibility, corrections and criminal justice, labor and LGBTQ rights, and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault prevention. Olivia is hoping to gain experience in non-electoral organizing and different form of communication.

Lynette, Dutch Harbor/Anchorage (she/her): Lynette splits her time between Dutch Harbor and Anchorage. She focuses on Indigenous issues, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Girls, Climate Change, Just Transition, Medicaid, and Black Lives Matter. She has experience canvassing, campaigning, phone banking, volunteering, public speaking, speech writing, story telling, and with rural outreach.

Kengo, Anchorage (he/him): Kengo focuses on environmental justice and youth outreach. Hes good at bringing people together to create action. Kengo is looking forward to connecting and collaborating with new people and learning about the civil rights history in Alaska.

Jasmine focuses on youth voter engagement and democracy. In addition to Fireweed Collective, she is involved with Anchorage Youth Vote, League of Women Voters, and Alaska Women for Political Action. She wants to develop her leadership skills and is also learning sign language.

Carly grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, and is in love with her home state. She thrives on salmon, sea asparagus, and black cod tips. She is sustained by snorkelling in icy Alaskan waters and foraging for fall blueberries in the tundra. For the past two summers, she’s worked for the Sitka Conservation Society in the magical Tongass National Forest. She’s also worked on campaigns such as Stand for Salmon, Pebble Mine, and keeping the Roadless Rule in place in Southeast Alaska. She is a proud alumna of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. Carly’s connection to place drives her passion and her work at school; she attends Pitzer College in Los Angeles.

Kk’odohdaatlno is my Denaakk’e name. My English name is Christina Edwin. I am from Anchorage and Maneelghaadze T’oh, also know as the Village of Koyukuk. I am Den’a and Mexican. I am a community organizer at Native Movement. I am a first generation college graduate, UAF alumni. Since I was a little girl I have been standing up against injustices in the community around race, class, and gender. I work to uplift Indigenous People’s, spaces, and places. Our power is in our world view that all things are connected. As a young person, I feel agency to do better and lead a life that will have a good impact on my community and future generations. I want to be a organizer, trainer, mentor, and ally for Alaskans, especially people around my age in communities across Alaska and beyond. I am multi-lingual, and I am very passionate about cultural and traditional knowledge and practices, and food!

Yagheli da, Ruth Miller sh’izhi. Dena’inaq ełnen’aq’ gheshtnu ch’q’u yeshdu. Dena’ina qenaga sheł ghun qenash. Anchorage shugu yesduda, Ekuk ethnen shugu shqayeh qilanda. Curyung ełnena shit’eh. My name is Ruth Miller and I am a Dena’ina Athabaskan woman living in Anchorage, Alaska. My family is from Ekuk village near Lake Clark, with roots in Bristol Bay, and I also claim my Russian Jewish heritage. I recently graduated from Brown University with a BA in Development Studies and a focus on Indigenous resistance and liberation. But I am so happy to be home and back on my land with my family and chosen family. In the past I’ve worked with United Tribes of Bristol, former Senator Mark Begich’s office and campaign, Native Peoples Action, and most recently Alaska Youth for Environmental Action. However this year, I am caring for myself, reintroducing wellness, and thinking a lot about growth and regeneration and imagination! Something I’m particularly passionate about is Radical Compassion and the politics of love. I also work on indigenized climate justice with the United Nations Association and on transnational Indigenous movements! I am so excited to see how we can mobilize as a powerful force of young minds to take back power, create intentional communities of care, and implement policy that protects and serves our peoples and our ways of life!

Hello, my name is Alden Butzke. I am 19 and I am honored to be Inupiaq. My family comes from Nome, but I have grown up in Anchorage. Unfortunately, I’ve grown up disconnected from my culture. I want to reconnect as I move into adulthood. I’m interested in learning the languages and cultures of Alaska. I’m passionate about injustice, both social and environmental, and the Alaska is full of both. I think language is so important, I’m fluent in Japanese and have lived in three different countries. I love to write and read, and to work with people. For example, the past two summers I’ve lived on a glacier and taken people on dog mushing expeditions around the glacier. I’m really looking forward to getting involved! Reclaiming our culture is so important! Thank you (:

Julia, Palmer (they/them): Julia focuses on environmental, reproductive, and LGBTQ+ issues. They have experience with both governmental and nonprofit work, community organizing and outreach, policy work, storytelling and canvassing. They would like to learn more about city level politics and electoral campaigning.

Jeremy, Palmer (he/him): Jeremy has spent time in Juneau, Bristol Bay, and soon Fairbanks. He has experience in community organizing, organizational structure, sustainability and economic justice. Jeremy is hoping to learn more about local Alaskan history.