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Long Time Indian Health Leader Loses Battle to Leukemia

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Mrs. H. Sally Smith of Dillingham, AK succumbed  to leukemia in Seattle, WA.

Sally Smith was a special leader in Indian health care in Alaska and across the United States. Ms Smith devoted nearly five decades to improving the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives and along the way she received many awards including the National Indian Health Board’s highest recognition, The Jake White Crow Award, the Alaska Federation of Native’s Shirley Demientieff Award, the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, and she was honored by the members of the Alaska State Legislature after receiving the 2014 Legacy and Leadership Award presented by the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation.

There is no measurement to quantify how much her family, friends, and Indian Country will miss her modest leadership, passion and determination everyday.  SGCE sends our condolences to her family and friends as they mourn her loss.

A funeral service is planned in Anchorage on January 20, and a second service in Dillingham on January 22.  SGCE will share additional information as it becomes available.