(Port Graham Tribe of Inupiaq)
1st Vice President
James William LaBelle, Sr., (Inupiaq) retired as Term Instructor from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Spring 2011 (College of Arts and Sciences, Alaska Native Studies Department, (fall ‘03 – to spring 2011)). Jim continues to lecture on Historical Trauma, with an emphasis on boarding schools.
Jim has served on numerous boards and commissions over the years, including the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN). He is a past member and chairman of AFN’s Wellness (Sobriety) Movement. Jim is currently serving on the board of directors of Bridge Builders and the Alaska School of Law.
Jim and his wife Susan have three adult children and 5 grandchildren. Jim is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Port Graham, an Inupiaq tribe and a shareholder in the Chugach Alaska Corporation.