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Beverly Hugo is Iñupiaq and was born in 1953 to Mary and Charlie Edwardsen, Sr. at fish camp on the Chipp River near Barrow, Alaska (now known as Utqiaġvik). She attended high school at Mount Edgecumbe School in Sitka, Alaska and is where she met her husband, Pat Hugo who was from the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. They got married in 1973 and moved to Anaktuvuk Pass. In 1976, she was hired as the village's alternate health aide, went on to become a Physician's Assistant, and worked in Barrow for the North Slope Borough Health Department, School District, and the US Public Health Service at the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital. She has also worked in Barrow as director of the North Slope Borough's Iñupiat Heritage Center and as an Iñupiaq language and culture teacher for the North Slope Borough School District.