ELOKA Advisory Committee

Clint Carroll
University of Colorado Boulder

Clint Carroll is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, he works closely with Cherokee people in Oklahoma on issues of land conservation and the perpetuation of land-based knowledge and ways of life. Clint’s current projects include co-directing (with a group of elders and wisdom-keepers) a land education program for five Cherokee students and serving as principal investigator on a related study about Cherokee plant gathering access in rural northeastern Oklahoma.

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Tatiana Degai
University of Victoria, British Columbia

Born on Kamchatka land, Russia, Tatiana Degai was raised on the traditional grounds with the Itelmen people. Her life, work, and research are inspired by a rich heritage, worldviews, and wisdom of her people and Indigenous communities, whose traditional lands she had the honor to visit and live on. Her formal education is in Anthropology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a doctorate of American Indian Studies at University of Arizona. She is currently an assistant professor at the department of Anthropology, University of Victoria, British Columbia, and an affiliate assistant professor of the Arctic Indigenous Studies at the Arctic, Remote, and Cold Territories, Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter), at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Kaare Sikuaq Erickson
Ikaaġun Engagement

Kaare Sikuaq Erickson leads Ikaaġun Engagement, which provides education and orientation services to Arctic scientists and rural educators. Ikaaġun is based in Unalakleet and Anchorage, Alaska. Sikuaq was raised on the Bering Sea coast and has family scattered across northern Alaska from Unalakleet to Shishmaref to Utqiaġvik. Sikuaq was taught to provide for his communities through subsistence and leadership. His upbringing taught him to be aware of problems facing Arctic communities and to find creative, realistic, and effective ways to alleviate or solve these issues.

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Mellisa “Maktuayaq” Johnson
Bering Sea Elders Group

Mellisa “Maktuayaq” Johnson is Iñupiaq from Nome, Alaska, and is the executive director for the Bering Sea Elders Group (BSEG). She has a strong passion for protecting, respecting, and maintaining traditional Indigenous ways of life. Her upbringing with her grandparents and many other Elders, along with inspiration from her three children, drives her to work to advocate, educate, and share the importance of preserving and maintaining our Indigenous way of life for the Bering Sea region. She has a strong cultural sense of being Indigenous and carries a deep passion for learning and sharing Iñupiat and Yup’ik cultures.

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