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Deenaalee Hodgdon


Spring '19, Public Policy / Anthropology

Award Year 

The Polar Institute at the Wilson Center

Deenaalee Hodgdon is Deg Hit’an Athabaskan and Unangax from Alaska, with ancestral ties to Bristol Bay and the lower Yukon River region. Whether during her work as a cultural interpreter, or raft guide in Denali National Park, as a commercial fisherwoman or during the course of her own adventures traveling throughout Canada and the United States, she has been acutely aware of access issues affecting Indigenous people. Her intellectual pursuits and curiosities are primarily dedicated to these issues. As an Anthropology and Public Policy double concentrator at Brown University, she seeks to view policy-making through a holistic and Indigenous lens. Her current research is focused on equity issues within the Bristol Bay fishery permitting system. She is an activist academic, having participated as a water protector at Standing Rock, among other movements. As a native woman rock climber, skier, and backcountry hiker, she hopes to increase visibility and inclusivity in the outdoors for Indigenous youth, and people of color. Deenaalee seeks to develop the skill-set needed to give voice to, and to incite meaningful change throughout, Indian Country.