Governor Bill Walker greets an Alaskan tyrannosaurus at the Governor’s mansion in Juneau. October 31, 2018.
Governor Walker tosses a herring at the Little Norway Festival in Petersburg, an annual event commemorating the Norwegian immigrants who moved to the small fishing town in the 19th century. May 18, 2018.
In Juneau, Harborview Elementary School students crowd around Gov. Walker as he signs House Bill 287, allocating $1.3 billion to early fund Alaska’s schools for two years. May 3, 2018.
Southeast Alaska’s biennial Celebration of its Alaska Native heritage begins as paddlers arrive in Juneau after long canoe journeys from around the region. Paddlers including Gov. Bill Walker carry a vessel down to the water to join the last leg of the journey. June 5, 2018.
Gov. Walker joins Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program students in Anchorage for a press conference to sign SB 26 - a landmark compromise between the Governor, House, and Senate to shrink Alaska’s budget deficit by using earnings from the Permanent Fund to pay for state services . . . for the first time in Alaska’s history. June 13, 2018.
At a newspaper interview in the office of the Sitka Sentinel, Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott share a scone, four years after running on a “Unity Ticket” that propelled the life-long Republican and a life-long Democrat as an independent team. Sitka. August 2018.
A healing pole is erected in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park, representing a new chapter in the relationship between the National Park Service and the Tlingit people, who worked collaboratively to build a new clan house in the Cove, prioritizing the area’s cultural significance and restoring access to its descendants. The Huna Tlingit were pushed out of the their traditional homelands by advancing glaciers during the Little Ice Age of the 1700s, and kept out by federal laws as the ice receded. June 2018.
Administrative Order 300, signed September 23, 2018, declared a “linguistic emergency” in the state of Alaska, officially throwing the weight of state government behind efforts to preserve and revitalize Alaska’s 21 official native languages. September 2018.
Lt. Governor Valerie Davidson of Bethel greets her mother, sister, and aunt after giving the keynote address of the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Previously serving as the Commissioner of Health and Social Services, Lt. Governor Davidson had been sworn into office earlier that week, the first Alaska Native woman to hold the position in the history of the state. October 2018.
Representatives including Gov. Bill Walker, First Lady Donna Walker, Senator Bert Stedman, and Senator Lisa Murkowski are silhouetted as the rear loading dock of the Alaska Marine Highway’s newest vessel, the M/V Tazlina, is opened to the sun during the ferry’s christening at the Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan. August 2018.
Governor Walker and First Lady Donna Walker greet a fellow skater at the Treadwell Ice Arena in Juneau, during the waning days of the administration. October 2018.
After flying into Iliamna, Governor Bill Walker and Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon head into town on foot after their tour of the local hydroelectric plant is scuttled by a power outage, and their ride to town is dispatched to the power station to fix the problem. August 7, 2018.
Lt. Governor Valerie Davidson, Communications Director Amanda Moser, Director of Native and Rural Affairs Barbara Blake, and Special Assistant Anna Clock dress for success and a tour of the Trident Seafood processing plant in Kodiak. November 2018.
Director of Native and Rural Affairs 'Wáahlaal Gidáak Barbara Blake laughs out loud between Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott at the signing of Administrative Order 300, which solidified state support for Alaska Native languages. September 2018.
While waiting for the plane that will take him back to Anchorage, Governor Walker chats with berry pickers on the Nondalton runway in Bristol Bay. August 9, 2019.
Lt. Governor Byron Mallott looks into the camera at a totem raising ceremony in Glacier Bay National Park. August 25, 2018.
As Governor Walker gives the first formal apology offered by the State of Alaska to indigenous Alaskans for the pain and trauma caused by a history of colonization and forced assimilation, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, a leader of the Tlingit Raven Kwaash Ké Kwaana clan, puts his hand on the Governor’s shoulder in support. It was their last public appearance together: that evening, the Lieutenant Governor would disclose a sexual harassment incident to the Governor before publicly resigning his office the next day. October 15, 2018.
Governor Bill Walker chokes up listening to Lt. Governor Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson speak to a crowd of thousands at the general assembly of the Alaska Federation of Natives in Anchorage. One of the largest annual gatherings of indigenous people anywhere in the United States, it was her second public appearance after stepping up to take on the role of Lt. Governor days earlier. A self-described “village girl” from Bethel, she is the first Alaska Native woman to hold the office. October 18, 2018.
Governor Bill Walker, First Lady Donna Walker, their grandchildren, and daughters Tessa and Lindsey wave goodbye to the crowd at the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives convention immediately after the Governor announced he would be stepping out of the gubernatorial race. October 19, 2018.
Lt. Governor Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson receives a standing ovation after her keynote speech at the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. The first Alaska Native woman to hold the role of Lt. Governor in Alaska, the speech was her second public appearance after being sworn into office days earlier when then-Lt. Governor Byron Mallott unexpectedly resigned. November 15, 2018.
At a speech during a private dinner at the Governor’s Mansion at the end of Governor Walker’s term, senior staff and administration officials applaud First Lady Donna Walker. November 12, 2018.
Waverly, certified crisis response canine and a recipient of the 2018 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award, snoozes beneath the table during the awards banquet at the Governor’s Mansion. May 24, 2019.
Governor Walker joins the Veterans Canoe for the last leg of the paddle to Juneau that kicks off Celebration, Southeast Alaska’s biennial celebration of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian culture. June 6, 2018.
On her first visit home to Bethel after taking the oath of office as Lt. Governor, Valerie Davidson greats a friend outside Gladys Jung Elementary School. November 14, 2018.
A friend stopped by new Lt. Governor Valerie Nurr’araluk Davidson’s house in Bethel for a hug and a lice check. After a career in tribal health and serving as the Department of Health and Social Service, the anonymous friend said the Lt. Governor’s lice checking skills were unmatched. November 14, 2018.
Lt. Governor Valerie Nurr’araluk Davidson joins students for Yup’ik dancing during recess at the Ayaprun Yup’ik immersion school in Bethel. November 15, 2018.
Chief of Staff Scott Kendall takes a knee for a photo of the Walker administration’s core team at the Governor’s mansion. November 2018.
Governor Walker signs a box of Pilot Bread at the 2018 Smokehouse Gala in Anchorage. November 18, 2018.