INUPIAQ EDNA AGHEAK MACLEAN BORN—LINGUIST & ANTHROPOLOGIST
Born in Barrow (now Utqiaġvik), Alaska, Edna was punished for speaking Iñupiaq at school. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Colorado Women’s College, Denver, and her teaching certificate from University of California, Berkeley (1969). From 1976-87, Edna rose to Associate Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks teaching Iñupiaq & developing a related degree program while publishing an Iñupiaq dictionary (1981) and grammar book (1986). Edna was Special Assistant for Rural & Alaska Native Education to the Commissioner of Education (1987-90) before receiving a Master’s degree (Bilingual Education) from University of Washington (1991) & Ph.D. (Education) from Stanford (1995). From 1995-2005, Edna was President, Iḷisaġvik College. Awards include: Citizen of the Year, Alaska Federation of Natives (2005); Distinguished Service to the Humanities, Governor of Alaska (2006); and Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame (2018). Edna lives in Anchorage.
Sources: “E. A. MacLean,” University of Alaska Fairbanks. Retrieved 1/12/2021, http://www.uaf.edu/danl/faculty/edna-a.-maclean/ “Edna Agheak MacLean, Phd.,” Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame, 2008. Retrieved 1/12/2021, Womens Hall of Fame Edna (Ahgeak) MacLean Ph.D. » » Alumnae (alaskawomenshalloffame.org) Photo: Courtesy of Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame