DECEMBER 5, 1920


Poldine, born in Nulato, Alaska, was raised by her grandparents–both powerful medicine people. In the 1960s, Native Alaskans were not always welcome at businesses and in organizations. Carlo, in reaction, helped start the Fairbanks Native Association (FNA). FNA has become a multimillion-dollar nonprofit providing numerous services, including behavioral health, Head Start and an educational program for young Alaska Natives in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. She also served on the Alaska Bicentennial Commission board and was a consultant for the Tanana Chiefs Conference. Additionally, she authored a book, Nulato: An Indian Life on the Yukon. Honors include: Honorary doctor of law degree, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Hannah Paul Solomon “Woman of Courage” Award, Alaska Federation of Natives; BP Golden Citizen Chieftain Honor; Farthest North Girl Scout Council “Woman of Distinction”; and induction into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame (2018).  She died in Fairbanks on May 9, 2018.

Source:  Rod Boyce, “Alaska Native Elder Poldine Carlo Dies,” Fairbanks Daily News Miner, 5/9/2018.  Retrieved 7/22/2019,
Photo:  Uyvsdi, 9/2007.  Public domain. 

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