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Marie Qaqaun (Adams) Carroll

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Categories: 2019 Alumnae, Alaska Native Cultural Leadership, Government


Marie Qaqaun Carroll, an Inupiaq Eskimo from Utqiagvik, Alaska, has been an active member of the North Slope community since her summers home from high school and college, but it was growing up in a large family dependent on hunting and fishing that would influence her life the most. When the International Whaling Commission put a prohibition on subsistence bowhead whaling by Alaska Natives, Carroll was instrumental in using traditional knowledge to show the international community and the federal government that subsistence whaling is critical to the Inupiat people and their culture. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Carroll, as Executive Director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, worked with lawyers, federal regulators and marine biologists to prove that the Inupiat people know the animals and the environment better than any western scientist, eventually helping to overturn the ban and ensure whaling would continue for those who rely on the animal for survival. 

Carroll would work for the local government during the peak of oil and gas activity in Prudhoe Bay, helping to manage the large influx of revenue and bring modern infrastructure to northern Alaska. Working as a Public Information Officer, she hosted a weekly radio show to keep the community informed on local concerns and talking about social issues like drug and alcohol abuse. After working as a Chief Advisor to the North Slope Borough Mayor, Carroll switched gears and began work at the regional health nonprofit, Arctic Slope Native Association (ASNA) in 1999.

Carroll was appointed to the role of President and CEO of ASNA in 2007, and since then has helped effectively manage all affairs of the Association. She advocated and secured funding through the Indian Health Services to construct a new 109,000 square foot hospital in Utqiagvik that opened in 2013.

Induction ceremony acceptance speech