Ronald Ozenna, Jr.
Joe M. Leavitt, Barrow
Steve Eric Leavitt, Nuiqsut
Austin Swan, Sr., Kivalina
Paul Apangalook, Gambell
Sheldon Brower, Kaktovik
Walter Nayakik, Jr., Wainwright
Anton Komonaseak, Wales
Thomas Nukapigak, Pt. Lay
Christopher Joe Oktollik, Pt. Hope
Ronald Ozenna, Sr., Diomede
Enoch Adams, Jr.
Vice Chair, Barrow
Treasurer, Point Lay
Since it’s inception in 1977, AEWC has proactively lead the way for Native Organizations in ensuring the voices of the Yupik and Inupiat Eskimos are heard, their subsistence rights are protected and their resources managed cooperatively and responsibly. The organization has achieved success and prominence through the leadership of our Commissioners, particularly the AEWC Chairmen.
We cannot look forward without giving credit to the past. We salute the past chairmen of the AEWC for their insight, their dedication, their leadership and their passion for making a difference in the lives of our people. Quyanaqpak!
Jacob Adams, Sr., Barrow, 1980
Eugene Brower, Barrow, 1981
Roger Silook, Gambell, 1982-1983
John Oktollik, Point Hope, 1983-1984
Lennie Lane, Point Hope, 1985-1986
Arnold Brower, Jr., Barrow, 1986-1987
Thomas Napageak, Nuiqsut, 1988-1989
Edward Hopson, Sr., Barrow, 1989-1990
Burton Rexford, Barrow, 1991-1998
Thomas Napageak, Nuiqsut, 1998-2005
Harry Brower, Jr., Barrow, 2006-2010
George Noongwook, Savoonga, 2010-2014
Harry Brower, Jr., Barrow, 2014 - 2017
The AEWC Commission consists of a representative from each of the following 11 member whaling villages.
PAST AEWC Chairmen
John Hopson, Jr.