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John Nelson, Jr.
John Nelson Jr. was born in Dillingham to Mary Newyaka Nelson around 1960 and grew up in Levelock, Igiugig, and Kokhanok, where he currently resides. He grew up living a subsistence lifestyle where he relied upon fishing, trapping and hunting to make a living. In 1979, John received management training at the Seward Skill Center (now called AVTEC) in Seward, Alaska and since 1977 has served on the village council, including at least three terms as council president.