Jorie Ayyu Paoli receives a standing ovation after her keynote speech (Photo: Gabe Colombo, KNOM, 2017)

Jorie Ayyu Paoli delivered the keynote address at the Kawerak Leadership Summit in Nome. “Our community — we’re like the willow,” she said. “You can cut the willow down, you can cut it back, to try and get rid of it, but if there’s even a shred of root, it will re-grow and thrive.”

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