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YUKON FLATS: Retired Refuge employee named “Elder of the Year”
Alaska Region, March 21, 2011
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Paul Williams delivers his acceptance speech after receiving the
Paul Williams delivers his acceptance speech after receiving the "Elder of the Year" award in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 18, 2011. Paul is a recently retired staff member of Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge (Whitehill 2011). - Photo Credit: n/a

Paul Williams, Sr., a recently retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee, received the "Elder of the Year" award from the Native Corporation, Doyon Limited, March 18, 2011 in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Paul, a resident of Beaver, Alaska, is a respected trapper and fisherman, a retired wildland fire fighter, a historian and story teller of his native Gwitch'in Athabascan culture, and a respected leader in his community. 


Paul is a true servant of the people and has served as Chief of the Venetie Reservation, the second Chief of Beaver for 22 years and is presently Beaver Traditional Chief.  As a Refige Information Technician (RIT) for Yukon Flats Refuge for 15 years, Paul combined his knowledge of the land with superb translation and communication skills to assist the biology program and serve as a Native liaison between rural communities and the Refuge. 


Most recently Paul has partnered with Pastor Ron Pratt and "This Generation Ministry", to build Camp Nahshii (Gwitch'in for “growing”), a youth camp focused on preventing teen suicides.  Paul has generously offered the use of his private land to establish this unique and worthwhile camp in Interior Alaska.

Contact Info: Mark Bertram, 9074560446, mark_bertram@fws.gov
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