Office of the Chair

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inuit-Alaska) is the newly elected International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, a non-governmental organization that represents approximately 165,000 Inuit from the Russian Far East, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. She holds a Ph.D. from University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (2002) and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University (1991). She is affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage where she served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations within the Department of Political Science from 2008-2018; former Chairperson [2014] and Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2010-2016); and co-Chair of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Research interests relate to Indigenous peoples and Arctic issues. Her recent publications include “The Rights, Interests and Role of the Arctic Council Permanent Participants” R. Beckman, T. Henriksen, K. Kraabel, E.J. Molenaar and J.A. Roach (eds) Governance of Arctic Shipping. Balancing Rights and Interests of Arctic States and User States (Brill: 2017); and “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Cultural Heritage”, co-authored with Siegfried Wiessner, University of Miami School of Law, chapter on Oxford Handbook on Cultural Heritage Law, A. Vrdoljak, ed, forthcoming. Dr. Dorough lives in Anchorage, AK with her husband, Luke Dorough (Waccamaw Siouan) and their 23-year old daughter, Hannah, who is embarking upon a Master’s degree in the UK.

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough, Chairperson, Inuit Circumpolar Council. She received a PhD in Law from University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (2002) and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (1991). Presently, a Senior Scholar and Special Advisor on Arctic Indigenous Peoples, University of Alaska Anchorage, where she was an Assistant Professor of International Relations. Dr. Dorough was Chairperson (2014) and an Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2010-2016); and is now co-Chair of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Hans-Pavia Rosing Leadership Award

Inuit from across Inuit Nunaat paid tribute to Hans-Pavia Rosing when together for the 13th ICC General Assembly in July 2018 in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. As a tribute to Hans-Pavia Rosing and his legacy, the ICC has chosen to establish a $1000 US leadership award in his honor.

The award is for young Inuit who inspire others – maligassiuisut. We recognize the need to highlight those in our communities, who are good leaders and guiding stars. We want to highlight and reveal the many good examples of leadership on all levels. There are many young people who run their own businesses, make a living from hunting, do extremely important volunteer work in diverse arenas, economic, social, cultural and political issues.

There will be one recipient in each ICC member country — Chukotka, Alaska, Canada, Greenland.


Like the diverse interests of the original President of the ICC, the Purpose of the Hans-Pavia Rosing Leadership Award is to:

Support the growth and development of young Inuit women and men in diverse areas, ranging from pursuit of honing hunting skills with elder experts to higher education to leadership training opportunities to skin sewing skills or other Inuit customs, practices     and values.

Applicants should consider what would directly benefit either the work of ICC or promote greater understanding of what ICC is and does, and how could the scope of the award might be tailored to achieve such outcomes.

In addition, the Award will be used to increase understanding or awareness about ICC activities. The Fund that supports the award encourages direct participation in ICC activities to foster understanding about its work and objectives. Successful applicants could travel to various meetings and events and be required to report out on their experiences. Initially, the ICC offices will endeavor to identify the modest amount of funds needed for the launch of this Award and will ensure that our relations in Chukotka are included in every way.

In the future, the Award may facilitate secondment of Inuit employees within our respective membership. For example, within Inuit governments, corporations, national or regional organizations. between representatives of Inuit and governments? Future elements of the award may also foster exchanges between ICC offices – an Inuk from the North Slope Borough may be placed in the ICC Greenland office in Nuuk or the ITK office in Canada or elsewhere, to foster professional development, exposure to Inuit priorities, governance structures, etc.


Recipient criteria include the following:

  • Applicant should be 30 years of age or younger
  • Applications from Inuit only will be entertained

The term “Inuit” shallmean indigenous members of the Inuit homeland recognized by     Inuit as being members of their people and shall include the Inupiat, Yupik (Alaska), Inuit, Inuvialuit (Canada), Kalaallit Nunat (Greenland) and Yupik (Russia).

  • Applications will also be entertained by nomination from ICC membership across Inuit Nunaat consistent with the criteria and purpose of the Award as outlined herein. Use the “NOMINATION” portion of this Award process shown below.


Comprised of four (4) Inuit under the age of 40 and the international Chair of the ICC.


            October 1 of each year  – The application deadline has been extended to October 31, 2019.


            January 15 of each year

Please complete the following application and submit it to the office of the international Chair of the ICC by the deadline noted above. The email address is


 The successful recipients will be required to report on their activities and use of funds to the ICC Executive Council no later than March 31 of the following year of their initial Award and to potentially share their outcomes to the ICC Executive Council or to the ICC Delegates at the following ICC General Assembly.



  • The first meeting of the Facilitative Working Group of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform will take place in conjunction with the 50th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice. UNFCCC – June 2019 / Bonn, Germany 

FGW Membership

Press Releases


“Sustainable Development Goals: An Arctic Indigenous Perspective” Dalee Sambo Dorough, OAS Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), September 6, 2019

“Indigenous Peoples And Arctic Environmental Change” Dalee Sambo Dorough, Arctic Futures 2050 Conference. Washington, D.C., September 4-6, 2019 (speech)  (video)

“Remarks of Incoming Chair” Dalee Sambo Dorough, 13th General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council,  Utqiagvik, Alaska, July 20, 2018