Maka Monture

Maka Monture

2019-2020

Sealaska Board Youth Advisor

Anchorage, AK

“The land, my people, and the future generations are the treasure I seek to serve and fight for – they are a reason for my place in this world.”

Since 2015, Maka has served as the Program Director of the Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program (AYA), a youth leadership program that creates opportunities for Alaskan Youth to share their unique perspectives with audiences at home and abroad to build awareness of life in the Arctic. Through mentoring and coaching, she works to help young leaders engage in constructive dialogues with influencers and decision makers. These conversations include the U.S. Secretaries of State and the Interior and foreign ambassadors from Arctic countries on how to sustain Arctic and indigenous communities, cultures, and biodiversity in the face of modern change.

Maka is a 2011 Gates Millennium Scholar and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Indigenous Studies with a minor in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. She is finishing up a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Alaska Anchorage, focusing on resilience based approaches to mental health disparities among Indigenous Alaskans.

Maka is the grandchild of the late George Ramos and Elaine Abraham. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, where she dedicates her personal and professional time to environmental and social advocacy on behalf of indigenous and non-indigenous youth and women.

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