Bristol Bay Native Association, Fishing Community Mourns Death Of Tribal Leader

Condolences to the loved ones of Ralph Andersen, Bristol Bay Native Association President and CEO, who has passed away at age 67. Here’s more from Alaska Public Media:

He moved back to Bristol Bay in 1998 and joined the Bristol Bay Native Association as the natural resources program manager before he became president and CEO in 2005.

Andersen was the co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives board for three years. He was also chair of the Bristol Bay Partnership and the Western Alaska Salmon Coalition. 

Andersen was a shareholder of the Native village corporation of Clark’s Point, Saguyak, Inc., as well as the Bristol Bay Native Corporation.

United Tribes of Bristol Bay tweeted the following statement:

“We lost a strong leader this week. Ralph Andersen worked tirelessly for decades to uplift Tribes, & protect our cultures & natural resources thru his role as President/CEO of Bristol Bay Native Association, & thru his service at local & statewide entities, boards. Rest in power.”