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The Native Village of Kotzebue is the Federally-recognized Tribal government representing the Qikiktagrukmiut, the original inhabitants of the area of northwest Alaska surrounding modern day Kotzebue (Qikiktagruk). The Tribe, a sovereign entity, is commonly called the Kotzebue IRA due to its organization pursuant to the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act and as amended for Alaska in 1936.

Membership of the Kotzebue IRA is estimated at 2500 persons, most of who belong to the original families of Qikiktagruk, although native peoples from other Tribes are members of the Kotzebue IRA.

 

INUPIAT ILITQUSIAT

 

EVERY INUPIAQ IS RESPONSIBLE TO ALL OTHER INUPIAT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF OUR CULTURAL SPIRIT, AND THE VALUES AND TRADITIONS THROUGH WHICH IT SURVIVES.

 

THROUGH OUR EXTENDED FAMILY, WE RETAIN, TEACH AND LIVE OUR INUPIAQ WAY

 

  • Respect for Elders
  • Knowledge of Language
  • Love for Children
  • Knowledge of Family Tree
  • Respect for Others
  • Responsibility to Tribe
  • Respect for Nature
  • Hunter Success
  • Domestic Skills
  • Family Roles
  • Sharing
  • Cooperation
  • Humility
  • Avoid Conflict
  • Hard Work
  • Humor
  • Spirituality

Ice Fishing in Kotzebue Alaska
Ice Fishing in Kotzebue Alaska
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