Ruthie Sampson, champion of Inupiaq language, dies in Anchorage

Residents of Shungnak said goodbye today to a woman who devoted her life to teaching the Inupiaq language. Ruthie Sampson, was 54 years old when she died of a massive stroke earlier this week on a trip to Anchorage. She was passionate about keeping the endangered Inupiaq language alive. Sampson wrote an Inupiaq dictionary, helped develop an Inupiaq computer program and taught classes in the language.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Acnhorage

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