Gambell Performs Native Dancing to the School Board
The group is called “Qughsatkut Dancers”. They are performing traditional Yup'ik Dances. They began training for last March’s annual Yup'ik Days Celebration and were asked to perform at the 100 year’s celebration in Savoonga and at another village celebration. The group’s director Shem Rose Koonooka, with some community assistance, designed and sewed their outfits. All the students who performed for the Board were either elementary grade or middle school students.
National Native Youth Summit in Washington D.C.
By Monica Haule
Students from Alaska met with Senator Dan Sullivan (R- AK) during a panel presentation.
The Native Villages of Gambell and St. Michael were a handful of tribes from the Bering Strait School District selected to participate in the 2016 National Native Youth Summit in Washington D.C., from September 24th through the 27th.
Gambell students Austin Apassingok, Andrew Aningayou-Apangalook, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Alexis Rexford and Danielle Apassingok posed after chatting briefly.
Teams of four tribal youth, spent three days learning about building community and developing leadership skills. Students gained training to become Native Youth Ambassadors to implement community development projects upon their return home. While in Washington D.C., these leaders toured national monuments and learned about federal Indian Policy, met with key staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, such as Secretary Julian Castro and Deputy Secretary Lourdes Ramirez, conducted a neighborhood community inventory as well as met with U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski.