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UAF to host ‘An Evening with Willie Hensley’]


Alaska Native leader and former legislator Willie Hensley will share stories of a life that took him from 
a small village to the national political stage during a free public event Monday, June4.

“An Evening with Willie Hensley,” will begin at 7 p.m. inthe Davis Concert Hall on the University of Alaska 
Fairbanks campus. Hensley will join interviewer Robert Hannon for a discussion of his life andhis 
contributions to the state and the nation. The event is the 2012 installment of the UAF Legacy Lecture 
Series and is co-sponsored by the UAF Alumni Association.

William L. Iggiagruk Hensley is an Inupiaq and grew up on the Noatak River delta. In 1966, he was a student 
at UAF and was taking a constitutionallaw class taught by Judge Jay Rabinowitz when he wrote the paper, 
“What Rights to Land Have the Alaska Native?: The Primary Issue.”That paper laid the framework for the 
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Hensley is well known for his service to Alaska, having served in the state House and Senate for 10 years. 
He was the director of NANA Regional Corporation, is a former commerce commissioner for the State of Alaska, 
andis retired from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. He is a co-founder of the Alaska Federation of Natives, 
the Northwest Alaska Native Associationand the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative. Hensley is also author 
of “Fifty Miles from Tomorrow, (A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People).”

He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he now serves as a 
distinguished visiting professor in the business and public policy department, and served on the UA Board 
of Regents from 1984 to 1987.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Summer Sessions, call 474-7021 or 866-404-7021 or email summer@alaska.edu

ON THE WEB: http://www.uaf.edu/summer
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