Dr. Betty Parent, born in Crooked Creek, has been inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame for her achievement in educational leadership and advocacy for Native people.
Dr. Parent’s education began in a one-room schoolhouse in Crooked Creek and grew to fill the classrooms of some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Along the way she accomplished many firsts.
Parent was the first Alaska Native woman to earn a PhD. She is one of a few Alaska Native students to earn degrees from both Harvard University and Stanford University. She was also the first Alaska Native woman to obtain tenure as a full professor.
In the audio, you'll hear Jane Angvik introducing Parent at the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony held this month in Anchorage. Dr. Parent follows with a speech.
Overall, 11 women were inducted this year.