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Bernice Joseph was an Athabascan born in 1964 in Tanana, Alaska and raised in Nulato on the Yukon River. She grew up living a subsistence lifestyle and especially enjoyed fishing with her grandfather, Eddie Hildebrand. She successfully integrated her cultural practices with the Western system and graduated from Monroe Catholic High School in Fairbanks, and obtained a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She was passionate about the importance of culturally relevant education and dedicated her life to the education of Indigenous people. She joined the faculty in the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and in the 1990s was named deputy commissioner of Alaska's Department of Community and Economic Development. Bernice returned to UAF in 2001 as executive dean of the College of Rural and Community Development, and retired in 2013 as vice chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education. Throughout her life, Bernice continued to practice her cultural traditions and hunting, fishing and gathering lifestyle she learned as a child. She was also an avid runner. Bernice Joseph passed away in 2014. For more about Bernice Joseph, see her obituary in the Fairbanks News-Miner newspaper or a profile of her on the UAF Centennial website commemorating the university's 100th anniversary.