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Riley Morry

Riley Morry

Riley Morry was a Nunamiut elder from Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. He was born in 1942 on the Killik River and in 1949 moved to Anaktuvuk Pass when bands of nomadic Nunamiut from Chandalar Lake and the Killik River settled together at the new village. He grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle moving from camp to camp following the seasons and the animals. His grandfather was well-known Nunamiut leader, Simon Paneak. In the 1970s, Riley was actively involved in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the selection of village lands, and later in the establishment of Gates of the Arctic National Park. He emphasized the importance of protecting the Native subsistence way of life.

Date of Birth:
Oct 5, 1942
Date of Death:
Nov 12, 2007
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