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Sub-regional Clinic Named Anikkan Inuit Iluaqutaat<br />

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

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

NSHC celebrates Name<br />

Dignitaries and many locals from Unalakleet<br />

help celebrate the naming of the subregional<br />

clinic in Unalakleet.<br />

Below, Helen Pootoogooluk, Acting CEO<br />

for Norton Sound Health Corporation<br />

(NSHC) addresses the naming ceremony at<br />

the sub-regional clinic located in Unalak-<br />

leet. The newly named Anikkan Inuit<br />

Iluaqutaat means “Ruth L. Johnson Place<br />

for Healing.” The name Anikkan is her<br />

Eskimo name and this was a special day<br />

for her and the region.<br />

Ruth was described as a quiet and softspoken<br />

Inupiaq, and yet had stern desire to<br />

improve the welfare and wellness of her<br />

people. Her advocacy role, while lobbying<br />

for health-related facilities, was precise<br />

and an earful to the lawmakers.<br />

Ruth Johnson served on the health board<br />

early in her life and continues to maintain<br />

a strong foundation for the people she<br />

loved. Her tactical style of advocacy apparently<br />

created funding sources to eventually<br />

trickle to Norton Sound.<br />

As a mother of many, Ruth cherished her<br />

role as a mother and continues to stir her<br />

grandchildren towards<br />

success and<br />

determination.<br />

Simon Bekoalook<br />

Jr. (r.) was instrumental<br />

in assuring<br />

that a correct recognition<br />

on the title<br />

be made. Simon is a board member representing<br />

Shaktoolik.<br />

Ricky Nassuk (r.) represented<br />

Koyuk.<br />

Abbie Takak (below)<br />

reflected as a past NSHC<br />

board chair.<br />

Peter Martin (r.) from<br />

Stebbins gave support<br />

for regional naming.<br />

Virginia Washington Bill Dann, former<br />

From St. Michaels CEO for NSHC<br />

Emily Hughes, NSHC<br />

Chairperson, congratulates<br />

Ruth on her tribute.<br />

Volume 3,Issue 1 Page 3

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