ICC Alaska

Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)-Alaska is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works on behalf of the Inupiat of the North Slope, Northwest and Bering Straits Regions; St. Lawrence Island Yupik; and the Central Yup’ik and Cup’ik of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region in Southwest Alaska. ICC-Alaska is a national member of ICC International.

President’s Message

Jimmy Stotts photoGreetings and welcome to ICC-Alaska’s newly updated website. We hope your visit will be informative and enjoyable. We thank you for your interest in our organization and hope you will be inspired to learn more about the culture and aspirations of Inuit.

As you navigate through our website you will find historical and organizational information about ICC, as well as information concerning directions ICC will pursue in the future. There’s information on positions ICC has taken on a number of issues important to Inuit. Inquiries about what ICC-Alaska is involved in are always welcome.

In particular we would like to draw your attention to the Kitigaaryuit Declaration , which is ICC’s work plan for the current term (2014-2018). The Declaration was adopted at the 2014 ICC General Assembly by Inuit delegates from Alaska (USA), Canada, Greenland and Chukotka (Russia). We would also like to direct you to the 2014-2018 ICC-Alaska Strategic Plan, which lays out ICC Alaska’s priorities and plans to implement the Kitigaaryuit Declaration. These two documents will give you a good overview of what ICC-Alaska will be involved in over the next few years.

Finally, please take a closer look at ICC-Alaska’s newsletter, “DRUM”, which contains a wealth of information on current activities of our organization. You can also find all past issues on this website to get a historical overview of activities since 2008. If you want to receive news or notice when DRUM is posted online via email, please sign up on the contact page.

Quyanaq!

Jimmy

Board of Directors

ICC-Alaska is governed by a fourteen member Board of Directors who are appointed by member organizations. Member organizations include the regional Tribal non-profit organizations, regional Alaska Native corporations from the North Slope, Northwest Arctic, Bering Straits and Southwest regions; and the North Slope and Northwest Arctic Boroughs. Elder and youth representatives also serve on the Board. All board members are Inuit and represent communities and regions served by ICC-Alaska.

Jimmy Stotts photoJames Stotts (Jimmy) was born in 1947 at Barrow, Alaska and raised in Barrow and other communities throughout rural Alaska. Like many of his generation he attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located in Sitka, Alaska. After high school, he attended the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he earned a degree in Business Management.

Jimmy has extensive managerial experience in the private sector. He worked for his village corporation (Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation) and regional corporation (Arctic Slope Regional Corporation), both created under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Over a thirty year career, he worked in various executive capacities at both organizations and served on the Board of Directors of both organizations.

Jimmy had a brief career in local politics as an Assembly Member of the North Slope Borough from 1978 through 1983. He was elected President of the Assembly the last two years he served.

Jimmy has a long history of involvement with the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). He represented Alaska on the first ICC Executive Council in 1980, eventually serving three consecutive terms from 1980 to 1989. In the early 1990’s, he worked for ICC Greenland as Environmental Projects Coordinator in Nuuk, Greenland. Since January 2008, he worked for ICC Alaska as Executive Director in Anchorage, Alaska. In June 2009, he was appointed by the ICC Executive Council to serve as ICC Chair until June 2010. Jimmy is currently serving as ICC Alaska President.

Jimmy currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska with wife Karoline and son Inuuteq.

Vera was born and raised in Savoonga (Sivungaq) on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Since 2002, Vera has been the Director of the Eskimo Walrus Commission (EWC) at Kawerak, Inc., which represents 19 coastal Alaskan communities in areas such as promoting community involvement in research, documenting local traditional ecological knowledge, and co-management of the Pacific walrus population. Vera represents the EWC in various forums, including the Indigenous People’s Council on Marine Mammals, the Arctic Marine Mammal Coalition, and the Arctic Waterways Safety Committee. Vera is a Special Advisor on Native Affairs on the Marine Mammal Commission, an Advisory Panel member of the North Pacific Research Board, a Steering Committee member for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, a Committee member on the Marine Advisory Program/UAF, and a member of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Executive Committee and Alaska board. Vera is also a Bering Strait Commissioner for the U.S. Department of State, facilitating travel between Chukotka, Russia and the Bering Straits region of Alaska. Vera is a strong advocate for the subsistence lifestyles of Alaska Native peoples, and passionate about strengthening Alaska Native languages and cultures.

ICC-Alaska Staff

James Stotts, President
jimmy@iccalaska.org

Kelly Eningowuk, Executive Director
kelly@iccalaska.org

Carolina Behe, Indigenous Knowledge/Science Advisor
carolina@iccalaska.org

Eilene Adams, Project Assistant
eilene@iccalaska.org

Vernae Angnaboogok, Cultural Sustainability Advisor
vernae@iccalaska.org

Pauline Harvey, Education Project Director
pauline@iccalaska.org

Strategic Plan 2014-2018

The ICC-Alaska Strategic Plan includes the strategic goals for ICC-Alaska for the 2014-2018 term. ICC-Alaska uses the Declaration that results from each ICC General Assembly to drive its strategic plan and set its priorities for the term. The Kitigaaryuit Declaration  was used in developing the 2014-2018 ICC-Alaska Strategic Plan.

Current priorities include:

  • Priority One: To Advocate for Inuit Food Security
  • Priority Two: To Ensure Inuit Perspective, Concerns and Interests are Represented at the Arctic Council
  • Priority Three: To Build Upon and Promote the Implementation of the Alaska Inuit Education Improvement Strategy
  • Priority Four: To Promote the Utilization of Indigenous Knowledge
  • Priority Five: To Engage Youth in ICC
  • Priority Six: To Promote Inuit Health and Well-Being
  • Priority Seven: To Encourage Sustainable Economic Development in the Arctic

To learn more, access the full document here.

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