My name is Evon Peter. I am Neetsaii Gwich’in, Koyukon, and Jewish from a small mountain village in Northeast Alaska called Vashraii K’oo (Arctic Village). From a young age I chose to follow a path that has challenged me to look within myself and into history, so that we can build something healthier for future generations. Along the way I have served as the Chief of my tribe, founder of several non-profit service organizations, and have facilitated gatherings around the world. I currently serve as the Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community, and Native Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and as a board member for the Gwich'in Council International.
My wife Enei Begaye Peter is Navajo from Shonto, Arizona. Together we support culturally based leadership and sustainability projects in Alaska and the Southwest through the Indigenous Leadership Institute and the Black Mesa Water Coalition. We are also part owners in a family owned eco-friendly t-shirt screen printing company called Nomadic Stars.
I feel that Indigenous language revitalization is very important. A page on this site is dedicated to help revitalize my mother's language, Gwich'in.
You are welcome to explore the articles, videos, and reflections from my life.
Blessings on your path.