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Marie Napoka is Yup'ik from Tuluksak, Alaska. She was born in 1941 to Martha and Harry Jackson at Kwethluk, Alaska. She left home in 1958 to attend Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska. After she graduated in 1962, she went to cosmetology school in Anchorage for a year. In 1965, Marie moved to Tuluksak and married John Napoka. She taught adult education in Kwethluk, studied orthography of the Yup’ik language in Fairbanks, and then taught first grade Yup’ik language immersion classes in Tuluksak. Marie worked in the school for many years and also worked with the Early Childhood Program in Tuluksak.
Biographical information provided by Freda Alexie of the Yupiit School District.