2011 Narrm Oration

Resilient Spirit: Alaska Native People and Our Struggle for Land, Identity and Self-determination

Speaker: William L. Iggiagruk Hensley

Mr William Iggiagruk Hensley is an Inuit Leader known for his extraordinary contribution to the Alaskan Native Land Claims Movement.

Willie was elected to the Alaska House of representatives at the age of 25. He played a critical role in the negotiations surrounding the development and enactment of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 that set aside 44 million acres and awarded $960 million for the Alaskan Natives. Willie has recently been named as Distinguished Visiting Professor by the University of Alaska in Anchorage.