Respected Alaska Native elder Howard Luke dies

    Alaska Native elder Howard Luke. (Photo courtesy UAF)

    Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) - A family member says Alaska Native community elder Howard Luke has died in Fairbanks.

    The 95-year-old member of the Interior Alaska Native community died around 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the city's Denali Center.

    Mo MacCracken, Luke's daughter, confirmed his death.

    The respected Athabascan elder was known for promoting Alaska indigenous culture through his work with young people.

    A building at the Effie Kokrine Charter School in Fairbanks was named in his honor.

    Luke founded a camp for Alaska youth to learn skills including Native art and language and techniques for living off the land.

    MacCracken says the Gaalee'ya Spirit Camp on the Tanana River near Fairbanks will remain open for community building, youth empowerment and educational opportunities.

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