Larry Merculieff

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"Larry Merculieff has over 40 years experience serving his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a number of leadership capacities. Larry was the first Alaska Native commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, a cabinet post. He was one of four Native Americans selected to present at the 1999 White House Conference on the Oceans in Monterey California. Larry is the co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples’ Council for Marine Mammals, the Alaska Forum on the Environment, the International Bering Sea Forum, and the Alaska Oceans Network, and he was the founder and coordinator of the Bering Sea Council of Elders. He has received many awards and has two books he co-authored, Aleut Wisdom: Stories from an Aleut Messenger (in French, Second Story Press) and Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning (University of Alaska, Anchorage). He is currently working on a third book called Tunaa Awaa: The Work of the Land, a story of indigenous elder wisdom through the lens of his life. This book is proposed to be a TV mini-series.

Larry is the founder and president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways (, an unincorporated entity dedicated to raising the consciousness of people for the sake of humanity and Mother Earth."[1]

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  1. WILD Foundation Trustees, organizational web page, accessed May 12, 2018.