First Alaskans Institute Announces the Awardees of The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala
ANCHORAGE, AK– First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is proud to announce the awardees of our inaugural signature event—The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala, to be held at the Hilton Anchorage on November 30, 2012, the final evening of Alaska Native Heritage Month.
Jason Metrokin (Aleut/Sugpiaq) will be presented with the First Alaskans Young Native Leader Award, which honors a person or organization that has shown through dedication that they are working to help Native peoples and their community with significant and profound purpose.
Barney Gottstein will be presented with the Friend of First Alaskans Ted Stevens Award, which recognizes a person or organization that has shown through their support of Native issues and partnership with our common cause that they are friends of the Alaska Native community.
Marlene Johnson (Tlingit) will receive the Alaska Native Leader Howard Rock Award, which honors a person or organization that has shown, through their quality of character and effort, to be a leader of distinct caliber because they have put their community and people before themselves.
The Gala celebrates and recognizes the contributions of Alaska Native peoples to Alaska and our friends who continually advance our cause. It is named in honor of Howard Rock (Inupiaq) and Ted Stevens, lifetime supporters of Alaska Native rights. The smokehouse symbolizes the inherent love and connection we have as Alaska Native peoples to our diverse cultures and life-ways.
Proceeds from the Gala will benefit FAI initiatives. Gala attendees can begin bidding on silent auction items at 5 p.m. in the Hilton ballroom area, and the main event starts at 7 p.m. A live auction and special fundraising activities will take place during the Gala.
Through work in three major areas—Leadership Development, the Alaska Native Policy Center and Community Engagement—First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Native non-profit, strives to develop the capacities of Alaska Native peoples and our communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society.