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Alaska Native returns to University of Hawaii and Native nonprofit to intern

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HONOLULU – Quinn Carroll, a business administration major from a small village in Alaska is heading back to Hawaii to continue his education. Quinn spent the 2009 and 2010 school year working on his degree and working part time at the nonprofit Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

“We welcome Quinn back to CNHA and are grateful to his Native Corporation in Alaska for sponsoring his internship with us,” said Napali Woode, CNHA senior vice president. “It’s always great to have emerging leaders from different parts of our Native world interact and work on common solutions.”

Quinn and his mother, a leader in governmental self-determination, are members of the Native corporation representing thousands of Inupiaq Eskimos above the Arctic Circle on the north slope of Alaska. His father is an environmental scientist, one of the world’s leading experts on arctic sciences.

Quinn will be assigned to work in the Community Development Division on solar energy products helping Hawaiian families reduce energy costs and decreasing Hawaii’s dependency on oil. He will also assist in the Native Hawaiian Policy Center on national Native policies that impact Native Hawaiians, Alaska Natives and American Indians.

“Having Quinn back for another year is really special to us,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA president and CEO. “Like the Native Hawaiian emerging leaders in our community, he is a reflection of his elders and ability to walk in two worlds.”

CNHA administers the next generation leadership program, dedicated to mentoring and engaging Native American leaders. Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and its subsidiary, ASRC Federal, is the sponsor of Quinn Carroll, and is one of more than 200 Alaska Native Corporations created by Congress under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.