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Elizabeth Medicine Crow Named First Alaskans Institute President/CEO

(Anchorage, AK) – The First Alaskans Institute (FAI) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the promotion of Elizabeth Medicine Crow (Haida /Tlingit) from Interim President/CEO to President/CEO. Liz is Tlingit and Haida from Kake, AK. “Liz has demonstrated great leadership and commitment to the FAI mission and the Native community throughout her tenure with FAI,” Willie Hensley, Board Chair of FAI said. “We are fully confident in her leadership and vision for the goals of the organization, and look forward to working alongside her to advance our mission.'"

The major theme throughout Liz’s education and work experience has been the continued integration of Native values and traditional knowledge into relationships and work within organizations and governments.

“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead First Alaskans Institute,” Liz said. “We have a dynamic and involved Board and a dedicated and talented team. Our Native community has such incredible strength and beauty, I am honored to serve our peoples in this role through our mission, vision and values.” Liz received her BA from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, and her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law in Tempe, Arizona. She served as Director of the Legal Department at Cheyenne River Housing Authority before moving to Anchorage where she worked as the Policy Analyst & Planner for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, working on behalf of the Alaska Native Health Board. Liz has served in various roles of increasing leadership within FAI since 2008; she was hired as the Director of the Alaska Native Policy Center, was promoted to Vice President of FAI in 2009, and was most recently appointed to the Interim President/CEO role in May 2012. About First Alaskans Institute Through work in 3 major initiative areas: Leadership Development, the Alaska Native Policy Center, and Community Engagement, First Alaskans Institute - a statewide Native non-profit - strives to develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and our communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society.

Vision: Progress for the next ten thousand years. . .
Mission: True to identity, heritage, and values Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future.
Values: Integrity, Respect, Native Knowledge, Responsibility If you have any questions or wish to contact First Alaskans Institute, please call 907-677-1700.

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