Two Tlingit Leaders Inducted into Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame
On March 1, 2012, 16 women will be inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The recognition was established as a way to profile and honor Alaskan women who have been involved in shaping Alaska.
The Class of 2012 includes four distinguished Alaska Native women, including Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act champion Irene Sparks Rowan, Athabascan matriarch Hannah Paul Solomon (1908-2011) and the first Alaska Native woman pilot Ellen Evak Paneok (1959-2008).
Sealaska congratulates tribal member shareholders Rosita Worl and Irene Rowan.
Rosita Worl Rosita Worl is being inducted to the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame for her Alaska Native cultural leadership. She serves as Sealaska Heritage Institute president and joined the Sealaska board as an independent candidate in 1987. She is a Harvard educated anthropologist and has made many contributions to increase awareness about Alaska Native cultures and subsistence economies.
Irene Sparks Rowan Irene Sparks Rowan is being inducted to the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame (AWHF) for her achievement in leadership and activism in Alaska Native affairs. According to the AWHF website, Rowan became a national figure during the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) struggle, and then returned to Alaska to form and lead her village corporation, Klukwan, Inc. In 1976, Rowan helped lead a worldwide campaign to encourage Alaska Natives to enroll under ANCSA, and then returned to Washington, D.C. to work as a special assistant to the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.