Galindo is one of three Flying University alums who graduated this month with a four-year degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. Former inmate Nathan Block and Thomas Spitzfaden, a regular student who took classes in Lemon Creek Correctional Center with the inmates, also graduated with bachelor’s degrees.
It is hoped that raising the Raven totem pole will pay respect to the grievances of the past, restore the T’aak̲u K̲wáan’s ancestral connection to the land, and signal their desire to heal and move forward, culture intact.
Churchill has received an Alaska State Council on the Arts fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for Haida basketry. She studied at the British Museum and relearned the six-strand weave, which she brought back to Alaska.