Antoinette Halvorsen, an Athabascan Gwich’in was born and raised in Gwichyaa Zhee (Fort Yukon). She is the Executive Coordinator for Minto Development Corporation.
She was the former mayor of Fort Yukon; a tribal council member; an LSAC member; and a tribal court judge. As a tribal court Judge, they implemented one of many tribal courts, which is now very strong, and focused on keeping our children in their native homes. She also volunteers for numerous community events. Such as spring carnivals, Christmas programs, school programs, traditional dance instructor, and the 4th of July.
She moved to Fairbanks 16 years ago, where she met her husband James, they love living a traditional lifestyle fishing, hunting, and picking berries. She volunteers on her own, helps people in need, brings food and water to homeless people, and gives rides when needed. She loves spreading awareness to others, regarding the people that are missing, always be careful of your surroundings.
She has been blessed with 11 beautiful children and 10 grandchildren.
She hopes to bring her positive attitude and caring for our Native and American Indians that were taken too soon from us and help survivors of Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse to the Board of Directors and to continue to build our partnerships and honor our traditional ways.
SUSIE SAM lives in Galena, AK. She has 4 kids, and one granddaughter. Her and her husband are also boarding home parents to many kids and young adults over the last 20 years.
She is currently employed as the Accounts Payable for the IDEA Program at the Galena City School District. She was the Tribal Administrator for Louden Tribal Council from 2015 to 2021. Her prior employment includes Accountant at Louden Tribal Council, Administrative Clerk for the State of Alaska, Bookkeeper/shareholder records clerk for Gana-A'Yoo Limited and Administrative Assistant at Yukaana Development Corporation.
Susie graduated in 1988 from Alaska Pacific University with a Bachelor's or Art degree in Business Administration.
Susie serves on the KIYU radio station, Healing Native Hearts Coalition, and Koyitlotsina Limited Boards.