Biography

Howard Luke is an Athabascan elder who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was born at Lindner Lake, a small lake north of Nenana, in 1923, and moved to Fairbanks in 1936. In Fairbanks he took up dog training and racing, and for many years raced dogs and boats, winning the Yukon 800 boat race in 1965.

Howard has a long history of involvement in the Alaska Native community and in youth outreach. He is the founder of Gaallee’ya Spirit Camp, located in Fairbanks on the banks of the Tanana River. The camp is a place for elders to pass along traditional skills and knowledge. The elders also help young people build self-esteem, heal from substance abuse, overcome academic failure, and develop suicide prevention strategies.