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NOV-DEC 2018

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34 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. This was a major act of faith by your church and the people you serve." After winning the land rights case, the ASRC returned the grant funds it had received from the Presbyterian Committee on the Self- Development of People with interest, so others could be helped. "I believe it really was sowing a seed into our people, and once that act was passed, we were able to build off that," Patkotak said. "ASRC has become the largest privately owned corporation in the state of Alaska, and for that we are eternally grateful to our heavenly Father and to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." Tammy Warren is a communications asso- ciate with the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Ahkivgak Patkotak, chairman of the ASRC, read the letter, written to Utqiagvik Presbyterian Church more than 40 years ago. The letter was written on behalf of the ASRC by Alaska Native leaders Joe Upicksoun, first president and chairman of the ASRC, and Edward E. Hopson Sr., brother of Eben Hopson, first mayor of the North Slope Borough. It read: "Gentlemen, the 75th anniversary of your presence in Barrow is a great occasion for all the people of the Arctic Slope. The church has been a bedrock of our daily lives, primarily caring for our spiritual needs, but because of its unique position in the Arctic has aided our physical and general welfare in many different ways over the years. … Your church sponsored the grant that allowed the Iñupiat people the wherewithal to pursue the — that's a work of God." God's presence in the area has been apparent for many years, according to a letter read at the renewal and healing event in Utqiagvik last year. Crawford ASRC DOCUMENTARY WINS EMMY In June, the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented an Emmy Award to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation for its documentary, True North — the Story of ASRC. The film shares the story of the compa- ny's early leaders and the values of the Iñupiat people of Alaska's North Slope. To see the film, go to vimeo.com/278022283 The Rev. Joseph Reid and Stated Clerk of the General Assembly the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, (background) join in celebratory dancing during the renewal and healing event in Utqiagvik.

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