When an Iñupiaq person becomes educated and understands his identity, he can play a vital role and become a leader. He can engage and participate in legal matters. There is nothing bad about this […] Although the Iñupiat have adopted Western ways through education, academic achievements, and enters into the workforce, it is for oneself. Yet since the beginning, the Elders always knew to help each other.
-- Robert Aqqaluk Newlin Sr. Excerpt from Kobuk Spirit Program, November 20, 1981