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Mary Jane Fate Receives Shirley Demientieff Award

October 18, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today presented the 2012 Shirley Demientieff Award to Mary Jane Fate at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention in Anchorage. The award is given each year at AFN by the governor of Alaska for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children.

Fate, an Athabascan born in Rampart, was a founding member of the Fairbanks Native Association, Tundra Times Newspaper, the Institute of Alaska Native Arts, and is past president of the North American Indian Women’s Association. The first woman co-chair of AFN, and a director on the Alaska Airlines corporate board for 25 years, Fate served as a University of Alaska Regent, and as the only indigenous member on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission during her term.

“Mary Jane, your life is a positive example of how we each can make a difference wherever we are,” Governor Parnell said. “You are an Alaska Native leader who has led and advanced the health and safety of Alaska Natives. And while accomplishing so many firsts, you have also always been there for those in need.”

Fate was the first Alaska Native woman to serve on the Alaska Judicial Council.

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