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Roy Ashenfelter was born in 1955 to Alex and Annie Ashenfelter in White Mountain, Alaska. He grew up living a traditional Iñupiaq subsistence lifestyle until leaving the village to attend junior and senior high school in Anchorage. He earned an associate’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and moved to Nome in 1982. Roy has held a variety of jobs in Nome, but for the last twenty years has worked at Kawerak, Inc., the regional Native corporation. He started with their Native allotment program, and most recently has been working as a natural resource advocate dealing with subsistence and fish and game management issues.