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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Willie Goodwin, Jr.

Willie Goodwin, Jr.

Willie Goodwin, Jr. is an Iñupiaq elder from Kotzebue, Alaska. He was born in 1944 and graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe high school in Sitka, Alaska and went on to receive electronic training in Los Angeles and New York. He worked at Cape Kennedy and then at the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Site at Clear, Alaska. After returning home to Kotzebue, Willie worked for RurAL CAP, the Northwest Native Association, in the lands department at NANA regional corporation, was mayor of the City of Kotzebue, and served as Director of Planning for the Northwest Arctic Borough. He also grew up hunting and fishing and learning traditional subsistence skills from his father.

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