Indigenous Leader

Evon Peter is the Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is Neetsaii Gwich’in and Koyukon from Arctic Village, where he served three years as tribal Chief. As a community leader and advocate, he served in numerous board positions including Vice Chair to the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, on Tanana Chiefs Conference board of directors, and as Co-Chair to the Gwich’in Council International.

His international work includes participation in the Arctic Council and United Nations forum and locally has focused on implementing behavioral health, leadership and workforce development projects. Evon co-founded Native Movement with his wife Enei Begaye Peter (Navajo) in 2004, a non-profit Indigenous youth leadership development and sustainability organization. Since 2009, he served as Chief Executive of Gwanzhii, LLC, a firm providing strategic planning, program development and other services to private and public institutions throughout Alaska. He holds a Bachelors degree in Alaska Native Studies and is completing final requirements for a Masters degree in Rural Development. He resides in Fairbanks with his wife and four children.

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