Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Senator Stevens was a fierce advocate on behalf of Alaska Natives and he helped steer billions of dollars to rural Alaska over the years. But he was also sometimes at odds with Native leaders. Willy Hensley is a former state lawmaker and longtime Alaska Native Rights advocate from Kotzebue. He remembers having a good relationship with Stevens, even though he says he wasn’t always an easy guy to get along with. Hensley says Stevens helped pass the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act through Congress.
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