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Orville Huntington, Jr.
Orville Huntington is an Athabascan elder who was born in Huslia, Alaska where he grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle of hunting, fishing, and trapping according to the seasons. He earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as Tribal Biologist and a Refuge Information Technician at the Koyukuk/Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and as Director of Parks and Wildlife for the Tanana Chiefs Conference. He has worked closely with people in the villages of Kaltag, Nulato, Koyukuk, Galena, Ruby, Huslia and Hughes on subsistence surveys. Orville is committed to protecting the rights of Native people to continue to live their subsistence lifestyle and preserve the cultural beliefs associated with that way of life. He also is dedicated to working closely with young people to promote the values of traditional Native elders combined with contemporary western knowledge. Orville applies his unique combination of scientific understanding and traditional knowledge by serving on professional panels and boards, and by testifying at public hearings. He has served on the Alaska Native Science Commission, the EPA Tribal Science Council, on the State of Alaska Board of Fisheries, and on the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Board of Directors. He is keenly interested in integrating local and traditional knowledge with western science and in climate change impacts and the sustainability of rural communities, and has been involved in developing the Native American Traditional Ecological Knowledge Database.