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Story49: Lisa Lynch

Woman stands in Nome street, smiling, wearing traditional Alaska Native clothing handed down through her family.

Lisa Lynch grew up wanting to be just like Indiana Jones.

She now studies classics at the John Cabot University in Rome and is working towards her dream of obtaining a Ph.D. in Egyptology. But, since moving abroad, she has found herself doing something unexpected, too: she’s used her voice to be an advocate and educator for her culture and for Alaska Native life.

Lisa’s most recent achievement is winning Miss Arctic Native Brotherhood. She told KNOM about her studies, how she hopes to use her new title, and what makes rural Alaskan students special.

Image at top: At the 2018 Midnight Sun Parade in Nome, Lisa wears regalia handed down through her family, including gloves from the wolf her father hunted. Photo: Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM.

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