Our mission

Our mission is to speak and work together as one voice to protect and respect our traditional ways of life, the ocean web of life that supports the resources we rely on, and our children’s future.  As Elders, we are messengers to our children, our tribal councils, and the people who make decisions that affect our marine resources, ecosystem, and ways of life.


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"Quyana tailuci (Yup’ik)"

"Quyaakut tagilghiisi (St. Lawrence Island Yupik)"

"Paġlagivsi (Iñupiaq)"


About Us

Bering Sea Elders Group is an association of Elders appointed by 38 Tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Bering Strait regions. Each participating Tribe designates an Elder Representative to serve on the Elders Board. Alaska Native organizations outside the region may request to join as non-voting special members.

Executive Committee

  • Fred Phillip, Chair, Kwigillingok
  • VACANT, Vice Chair
  • John Waghiyi, Jr., Treasurer, Savoonga
  • Richard Slats, Secretary, Chevak
  • Mary Ann Mike, Kotlik
  • Aaron Iworrigan, Gambell
  • Peter Panruk, Sr., Chefornak
  • Axel Jackson, Shaktoolik
  • Peter Dull, Sr., Nightmute