Edward Itta, American Iñupiat politician, Died at 71

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Edward Saggan Itta was born on July 5, 1945, and died on November 6, 2016.

He was an American Iñupiat politician, activist and whaling captain.

He served as the Mayor of North Slope Borough, Alaska, the northernmost borough in the United States, for two consecutive terms from 2005 until 2011.

On November 27, 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to the seven-member United States Arctic Research Commission, a federal agency which functions as the government’s Arctic policy and research commission.

Itta served on the Commission until the expiration of his term on July 29, 2015.

And also, Itta served as the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Alaska, President of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association, vice chairman of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, and a representative for Alaska on the Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee.

Edward Saggan Itta passed away away at 71 years old.

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