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Jacob Ahwinona

Jacob Ahwinona

Jacob Ahwinona grew up in White Mountain and lived in Nome until he passed away June 19, 2012. He spoke the White Mountain sub-dialect of Qawiaraq Iñupiaq. Mr. Ahwinona worked on gold dredges for the U.S. Mining Company and as a maintenance mechanic and equipment operator for the Nome public schools. After retiring he remained an active participant in community affairs and health advocacy, work that lead to him being named 2011 Elder of the Year by the Sitnasuk Native Corporation. He served on the board of Kawerak Inc. and on its Elders Advisory Committee. [Last updated in 2013]