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Sam Schimmel, Siberian Yupik & Kenaitze Indian

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“By renewing indigenous economies, tribes increase their autonomy. When tribes are economically independent, Indian country and Native peoples are best served.”

Sam Schimmel, Siberian Yupik and Kenaitze Indian
Member, Cook Inlet Tribal Council and class of 2022, Stanford University

Sam Schimmel is an Alaska Native with a passion for subsistence hunting and fishing, both of which keep him connected to tradition and infuse his efforts to combat the suicide, drug abuse, and cultural erosion that riddle Native communities. Having seen the effects of climate change in Alaska firsthand, Sam is also working to raise awareness of its impacts on tribal communities. He is an active member of Alaska’s Climate Action Leadership Team and serves on the Cook Inlet Tribal Youth Council as well as the Youth Advisory Board of the Center for Native American Youth.