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Katherine "Kathy Uumiñaq" Itta Ahgeak

Kathy Itta Ahgeak

Kathy Itta Ahgeak (Uumiñaq) was born in Barrow, Alaska (now known as Utqiaġvik) to Molly and Noah Itta. She grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle which included time away from the village at seasonal camps. She grew up speaking her Native Inupiaq language and has spent her career as a translator, educator, and documentor of the Iñupiaq language, culture and history. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Masters degree from the online University of Phoenix. Kathy is committed to balancing the Iñupiaq system of knowledge with western education and perspectives. She has worked as an independent translator, has been a teacher in both Fairbanks and Barrow, served as the Liaison Officer for the North Slope Borough's Iñupiat History, Language and Culture Commisison, Dean of the Inupiat Research Institute for Iḷisaġvik College, Director of the Iñupiat Heritage Center, and Director of Teaching and Learning for the North Slope Borough School District. She served as Superintendent of the North Slope Borough School District from July 2019 until February 2020.

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