Katie John Named An Alaskan "Woman Of The Century"

Katie John of Mentasta, Alaska – a Copper Valley Ahtna Athabascan Village – has been named one of 10 Alaskan "Women Of The Century.&quo...

Katie John of Mentasta, Alaska – a Copper Valley Ahtna Athabascan Village – has been named one of 10 Alaskan "Women Of The Century." The award was given in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women being given the vote in 1920 – two years after the 1918 flu pandemic. 
 
She's not a surprising pick. The late Katie John sued the state and federal governments in the 1980's for Native subsistence rights. A mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Katie John took her case for subsistence rights all the way to the United States Supreme Court. And she won.

Katie John, at home in Mentasta.  (File Photo, Country Journal)







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