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Kawerak President Melanie Bahnke Testifies in Senate Hearing (full address)

U.S. Senator Mark Begich held a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Field Hearing at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, Saturday. Leaders from various Alaska Native regions testified including Kawerak President Melanie Bahnke, raised on St. Lawrence Island, in Savoonga.

Listen, below, to Bahnke’s powerful testimony to Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski.


  1. Vi Waghiyi on October 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Igamsiqayugvikamken Melanie! On behalf of our St. Lawrence Island Yupik People our lands our waters our Neqipek and our traditional way of life!

  2. Elmer Bekoalok on October 29, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Great job Melanie, thank you for you outstanding speech on Native Subsistence.

  3. Jenny Bell-Jones DANSRD academic chair on October 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

    God Bless you Melanie! That was outstanding! Mahsi Ch’o