On December 16, 2015, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Kasaŋnaaluk Marie Greene, of Kotzebue, Alaska, to serve as a commissioner on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC). The USARC is an independent agency with seven commissioners and one chair that advises the President and Congress on domestic and international Arctic research through recommendations and reports. It is currently chaired by former Alaska Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer.
“Through my experience in living and working in Northwest Alaska, I know the concerns of the people of the Arctic,” Greene said. “It’s important to consult with the Iñupiat while working with federal, state, and local governments because of our knowledge of the land.”
Greene retired from NANA in February of 2015 after 20 years. Throughout her career, she served as a member of a number of Alaska and international organizations focusing on the Arctic including the Northwest Arctic Leadership Team (NWALT), the Iñuit Circumpolar Council – Alaska (ICC), and the board of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN).
“This process has been such an honor,” Greene said. “My goal is to make sure that the indigenous voice and perspective is always at the table."
Greene was appointed to a three-year term on the USARC ending in July 2019.
"The NANA region and Iñuit across the globe are very fortunate that Marie is serving on the commission," said NANA President/CEO Wayne Westlake. “Our Iñupiat values are always present in her work. We know she will work in Cooperation with other commissioners to leverage opportunities, mitigate threats and to ensure the circumpolar Iñuit voice is heard, and our way of life is protected."
For more information about the USARC log on to www.arctic.gov. ■