Sampson gave voice to Inupiat

 James Magdanz Ruthie Tatqavin Sampson in 1993. KOTZEBUE-Ruthie Tatqavin Sampson left the world much too soon. Her recent sudden passing, at just 54 years old, shocked just about everyone who knew and loved Northwest Arctic Alaska's renowned Inupiaq scholar and educator. Most everyone expected Ruthie to continue advancing Inupiaq language and culture for decades to come. That's why her departure continues to stun so many throughout Alaska and beyond.

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