Sam is St. Lawrence Island Siberian Yupik and Kenaitze Indian from Alaska. Growing up subsistence hunting and fishing, Sam has experienced firsthand how Climate Change impacts Arctic communities. Sam was appointed by Governor Bill Walker to serve on the State of Alaska’s Climate Action Leadership Team. He is a representative on the National Congress of American Indians Climate Action Task Force and the 2020/2021 National Tribal Climate Change Summit. Sam is a 2020/2021 Arctic Youth Ambassador for the State of Alaska and is the Vice Chair of the Arctic Youth Network. He developed and was the lead organizer for the grassroots Indigenous project Operation Fish Drop, which addressed food and cultural insecurity during the Covid pandemic. He is entering his senior year at Stanford University.