Venerated Athabaskan Senator Doctor John Sackett has passed away at 76

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Published: Mar. 6, 2021 at 5:16 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Venerated Athabaskan Senator Doctor John Sackett has passed. He was 76.

Governor Dunleavy has ordered State of Alaska flags to fly at half-mast on Monday.

Dr. Sackett was instrumental in the fight for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, helped establish Doyon Ltd, and was a former president of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Sackett was born on Huslia river at his family’s spring camp at Old Woman Slough.

As a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, his political career started with an election to regional delegate... and three days later, to president of the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

By the time he was 21, he was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives where he served for two terms... followed by another 18 years as a senator.

Sacket continued to attend meetings throughout the Alaska Native communities as late as 2019.

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