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Sub-regional Clinic Named Anikkan Inuit Iluaqutaat

l. to r. above: Brian, Merlin, Laala, Abbie, Paul, John Wilson, Ruth L. Johnson, Judy, Tia, Junior, Frank Sr., Gus,

Genevieve, LouAnn, and Bruce Johnson pose in front of newly dedicated NSHC Sub-regional clinic in Unalakleet, Ak.

NSHC celebrates Name

Dignitaries and many locals from Unalakleet

help celebrate the naming of the subregional

clinic in Unalakleet.

Below, Helen Pootoogooluk, Acting CEO

for Norton Sound Health Corporation

(NSHC) addresses the naming ceremony at

the sub-regional clinic located in Unalak-

leet. The newly named Anikkan Inuit

Iluaqutaat means “Ruth L. Johnson Place

for Healing.” The name Anikkan is her

Eskimo name and this was a special day

for her and the region.

Ruth was described as a quiet and softspoken

Inupiaq, and yet had stern desire to

improve the welfare and wellness of her

people. Her advocacy role, while lobbying

for health-related facilities, was precise

and an earful to the lawmakers.

Ruth Johnson served on the health board

early in her life and continues to maintain

a strong foundation for the people she

loved. Her tactical style of advocacy apparently

created funding sources to eventually

trickle to Norton Sound.

As a mother of many, Ruth cherished her

role as a mother and continues to stir her

grandchildren towards

success and

determination.

Simon Bekoalook

Jr. (r.) was instrumental

in assuring

that a correct recognition

on the title

be made. Simon is a board member representing

Shaktoolik.

Ricky Nassuk (r.) represented

Koyuk.

Abbie Takak (below)

reflected as a past NSHC

board chair.

Peter Martin (r.) from

Stebbins gave support

for regional naming.

Virginia Washington Bill Dann, former

From St. Michaels CEO for NSHC

Emily Hughes, NSHC

Chairperson, congratulates

Ruth on her tribute.

Volume 3,Issue 1 Page 3

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