The future Center is named for Dr. Walter A. Soboleff, a Tlingit Native of the Raven, Dog Salmon clan. He was a spiritual leader who helped Native and non-Native people alike at a time when segregation was the norm. Throughout his life, he worked tirelessly to advance Native civil rights.
Dr. Soboleff’s generosity of spirit and small acts of kindness made him a giant of a man to people across Alaska. He practiced our traditional Native values, especially Haa Shagóon—honoring our past while preparing a better future for our children’s children.
In May 2011, Dr. Soboleff “Walked Into The Forest” at age 102, but his accomplishments and people whose lives he touched live on.
The Walter Soboleff Center will be a physical manifestation of Haa Shagóon and all the ideals he held dear.