Longtime legislator Al Adams dies after extended illness

He represented Northwest Alaska in state House and Senate for 19 years.

Anchorage Daily NewsAugust 13, 2012 

Al Adams of Kotzebue, once one of Alaska's most influential Native leaders and politically powerful legislators, has died at age 70.

Adams died Monday morning at his Anchorage home after a long illness.

Adams, who was born in Kotzebue, represented Northwest Alaska in the state House and Senate between 1981 and 2000.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a former state representative, says Adams was a Native leader who will be remembered for his many accomplishments, "but also for his quick wit, keen insights and unyielding commitment to working for what was best for Alaska."

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says Adams was a friend whose "wise counsel" will be missed.

A spokeswoman for NANA Regional Corp. said services are scheduled in Anchorage at ChangePoint Church (6689 ChangePoint Drive) at 11 a.m., Wednesday and in Kotzebue on Friday at 1 p.m. at Kotzebue High School Gym.

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