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Circumpolar Inuit gather for historic assembly in Alaska

By Stephen Hendrie      

More than 40 years ago, the Inuit Circumpolar Council was founded to promote cooperation between four circumpolar nations.

Dancers at the quadrennial general assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council in Utqiaġvik, Alaska this week. Photograph courtesy of Stephen Hendrie

UTQIAGVIK, ALASKA—Inuit from four circumpolar nations are gathered on the shores of the Beaufort Sea this week for the quadrennial general assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). They include Canada, Alaska (United States), Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). The meeting is taking place in the birthplace of the international Inuit organization, founded 41 years ago in Barrow, Alaska, by a former North Slope Borough mayor, the late Eben Hopson. The community is now called Utqiaġvik.

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