Clarence Alexander Long Time Jukebox Contributor is Honored by President Obama
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FAIRBANKS — A Fort Yukon man is one of 13 Americans who will receive the second-highest civilian honor from President Obama next week.
Clarence Alexander, 72, is a co-founder of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, which is dedicated to the clean-up and preservation of the Yukon River, and helped create the “Gwich’in Dictionary” with his wife, Virginia.
Alexander was chosen from about 6,000 nominees for the Presidential Citizens Medal. Obama chose the 13 recipients, whose work in their communities has had major impacts, but hasn’t garnered national attention.
“This year’s recipients of the Citizens Medal come from different backgrounds, but they share a commitment to a cause greater than themselves,” said President Obama. “They exemplify the best of what it means to be an American, and I am honored to be able to offer them a small token of our appreciation.”
Obama gave the following reason for Alexander’s recognition: “Sometimes called the ‘grandfather of tribal government’ in Alaska for his long-held role as Chief of Fort Yukon, Clarence Alexander has done extensive work cleaning up the Yukon River, resulting in closure of numerous open-burning dumps and the removal or recycling of millions pounds of waste. Alexander is former Grand Chief of the Gwich’in people of Alaska. Alexander receives the Citizens Medal for demonstrating how much good a dedicated leader can accomplish.”
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