|Born||November 7, 1922|
Utqiavik, Alaska, U.S.
|Died||June 28, 1980 (aged 57)|
Utqiagvik, Alaska, U.S.
|Parents||Al Hopson |
Eben Nanauq Hopson (November 7, 1922 - June 28, 1980) was an American politician in the state of Alaska. An Iñupiaq, he was born and raised in Utqia?vik, Alaska (at the time known as Barrow, Alaska) and was a heavy equipment operator. Hopson served in Alaska Territorial Legislature from 1957 to 1959 as well as the Alaska Senate upon statehood, representing District O from 1959 to 1967. He died from cancer in 1980 in Utqia?vik, Alaska.
Hopson was the first person to be born in the Presbyterian mission hospital in Utqia?vik in 1922.
Hopson served as the first mayor of Utqia?vik, then known as Barrow. He was first elected to the position in 1972, and was subsequently reelected in 1975.
In 1977, Hopson founded the Inuit Circumpolar Council, an organization dedicated for the unification of Inuit voices throughout Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. The conference formally recognized Hopson as their founder in 1980.
In 1979, Hopson represented the Inuit people in a court case suing the US Secretary of Commerce Juanita Kreps on the grounds that the International Whaling Commission had no standing to regulate subsistence whaling for native peoples. The case was initially ruled against Hopson by the Alaska district court, but was subsequently overturned in 1980 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Hopson was hospitalized in Utqia?vik on June 16th passed away on June 28th, 1980. He was survived by his wife Rebecca and 12 children. Inuit Day, a celebration of the Inuit culture, has occurred on November 7th since 2006, in honor of Hopson's legacy.
The middle school serving Utqia?vik is named after Hopson.
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