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Agnes Valle was born on Kodiak Island, Alaska in 1935 and moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1952 for tuberculosis treatment. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse, and moved to Yakutat, Alaska in 1961. People knew her from the hospital, so they came to her for medical assistance. Agnes treated patients even though she was not paid. Eventually, the Yakutat Health Council selected her as a paid health aide. She worked until the mid-1970s. She was then a teacher's aide in the Yakutat school for twenty-seven years. Agnes is known as “Sugar."