Alaska Native Heritage Center receives lavish donation from liberal billionaire activist


    A month before hosting a highly controversial drag queen show for children, the Alaska Native Heritage Center discovered they were the recipients of a multi-million-dollar grant from billionaire MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

    The massive donation is a continuation of Scott’s ongoing effort to redistribute her wealth to nonprofits and myriad far-left activist organizations around the world.

    The Heritage Center’s grant was part of a $2.7 billion, no-strings-attached gift that Scott split between 286 organizations. Many of these groups embrace radical leftist political and social views regarding critical race theory, white privilege, LGBTQ sexuality, climate change and Marxist political ideology.

    After deriding “social structures that inflate wealth,” Scott posted on her blog that the donation is an attempt to “give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change.”

    Under the leadership of President Emily Edenshaw, the Native Heritage Center has increasingly aligned itself with a host of leftist political and social aims, which may explain why the organization received such a lavish gift from Scott.

    In announcing the gift earlier this month, Edenshaw did not specify the exact amount, but said the money will allow the Heritage Center to “write a new book – not just a new chapter” in its mission.

    Hired in 2019, Edenshaw controls the development of the Heritage Center’s senior management team and staff. She works closely with the center’s board of directors to implement the mission and strategy of the organization and she oversees all communications, finances, community engagement, management and development.

    Before taking the top leadership post at the Heritage Center, Edenshaw worked for VICE Media, a group that produces articles and videos championing a litany of leftist causes. Since assuming operational control of the Heritage Center, she has used her position and the Heritage Center’s social media platforms to promote activism surrounding climate change, LGBTQ politics, transgenderism in the Alaska Native community and queer Inuit art, among other topics.


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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. Following the money. This is historical and cultural revisionism and will not be accepted. We will stand against ANHC’s assault on traditional ALASKA native culture and Elder teachings.

    2. Maybe with all this money they can keep the LGBT people out so our youth aren’t forced their life style down there throat! They won’t need that money.

      • Maybe, but it is also possible that this “liberal activist” is involved, or behind this perversion. To take control, one must first destroy the foundation upon which the people rest.

    3. The Alaska Native Heritage Center WAS a bright spot to showcase Alaska Native cultures. It countered a perception many people hold that there are a high percentage of substance abusers and vagrants in the native community, but now this positive showcase has turned into a center for perversion. Many native people I know are deeply embarrassed by this transformation which is largely driven by the ideology of one radical woman.

    4. So basically Traditional Alaska Native Culture is for sale? Or it can be leaned which ever direction the donation wants it to?

    5. With all the bears and queers in Alaska now, and lets make some more, Nobody is safe anymore. Just say’n….

    6. Homosexuality is sin pursuant to the only religion no one has, lamb sacrifices Lion protects these two perfectly different Christs eyewitness the authority of God. Love’s authority we the people of all nations created equal under Gods two Constitutional laws with two eyewitness to his authority. Once you taste the fruit of sin one is too many a thousand not enough. Two 12 Step Programs of difference. He doesn’t hate gays. Satan deceives you into it lesson on evil.

    7. -Persecuting the 99% for the 1% with mental illness…. SHAME;
      Lauren Johnson
      Tabetha Toloff
      Roy Tansy
      Dena Sommer-Pedebone
      Brandy Niclai
      Haven Harris
      Jed Ballard
      -Defends psudo-science like climate change, LGBTQ politics, transgenderism, and queer Inuit art.

      • And the board still remains silent?

        It is shocking that the Executive Director has been given the latitude to take the Heritage Center in whatever direction she wants to take it in. She is promoting her own personal agenda and agenda of her sister.

        As an Alaskan native and long time supporter of the Heritage Center, I am disgusted and will no longer support the Heritage Center.

    8. Queen of hypocrisy. What she means is all successful people need to be eliminated except her and a handful of her elitist buddies. The rest of us should just be worker bees that support the dependent voter base that help keep the elite in power.

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