The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala

Saturday, November 17, 7 p.m.

Hotel Captain Cook
Downtown Anchorage



The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala pays tribute to two men who exemplify commitment to Alaska and the First Peoples of this land.  Their legacies provide a pathway for understanding the critical importance of indigenous ways of life, our connections across this great land and the role of our friendships in helping steward our Native peoples and Alaska into the next 10,000 years...  Please watch this video to learn more about the men this gala is proudly named after.






Tiffany Tutiakoff (Dena’ina Athabascan and Yup’ik) is Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Northwest Strategies, Inc. (NWS), a brand marketing and communications firm based in Anchorage, Alaska. As an indigenous woman in the field of communications, Tiffany brings invaluable insight regarding communications approaches with diverse and underrepresented audiences. Tiffany’s mission is to create culturally competent work that speaks to key audiences in a way that is relevant and without stereotype.

Tiffany has built a practice and cultivated a team of talented behavior change experts poised to address our nation’s most challenging public health concerns. Her communications experience specific to social marketing spans tobacco prevention and cessation, obesity prevention and control, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, domestic violence and sexual assault, behavioral health and substance misuse. Leading Alaska’s health communications interventions, Tiffany provides access to hard to reach populations through conventional and non-conventional media.

For nearly two decades, Tiffany has delivered evidence based, results-driven and award-winning communications solutions to clients in public health, tribal health, health care and advocacy arenas, as well as federal, tech, retail and tourism.


Michael Bourdukofsky is Unangan (Aleut) from St. Paul Island, Alaska. Michael has worked with ANSEP since September 2007 and is currently the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for ANSEP. Also an ANSEP Alumnus, Michael completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in May 2003 from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). In 2015, Michael completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development (PLD 19). As COO, Michael is responsible for management of all ANSEP programmatic components and staff. Michael has been a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) since December 2007.

VIP emcees


Haliehana Alaĝum Ayagaa Stepetin is Unangax̂, born and raised on Akutan in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell and is currently applying to PhD programs to begin in Fall of 2019. Haliehana is an artist, scholar, and activist - an Alaska Native dancer, "contemporary" Indigenous performer, weight lifter, fisherwoman, and Navy Veteran. Her personal and academic research is on the “contemporization" of Indigenous performance, art, and identity in settler colonial contexts where she explores Indigenous governance and questions of “sovereignty," membership, politics of recognition and responsibility, Indigenous resistance and resurgence, and Indigenous futurity. She intentionally employs Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies, and methodologies in this work to interrupt limiting spaces of knowledge production to Indigenize education and the academy. Her goal upon completion of a PhD is to address systemic issues in rural Alaskan education to foster a community of autonomous, self-reliant and self-sustainable Indigenous people for the futurity of Indigeneity 10,000 years into the future.


Konrad Shak' Shaani Éesh Frank (Tlingit) is from Angoon and currently resides in Juneau. His parents are Joyce and Kevin Frank Sr. and he has two brothers, Kenneth and Kevin Jr. After graduating from high school, Konrad pursued a degree in Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast. He is continuing to study the Tlingit language and hopes to become a linguistic teacher.

Indigenous Chef

Nikki Graham

Nikki Graham (Yup’ik, Blackfoot Indian and Dutch)

Originally from Homer, Nikki Graham is a lifelong Alaskan. Of Yup’ik, Blackfoot Indian and Dutch descent, she is also a Cook Inlet Region Incorporated (CIRI) shareholder. Nikki earned her Culinary Arts Associate’s degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, California and recently completed the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program (ANELP) at APU. After graduation from culinary school, she gained invaluable experience working under one of California’s esteemed chefs. Today, Nikki has a passion for how food connects and brings people together. Nikki cooks for private events and has a focus on using locally sourced, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Nikki is also the Director of Employee Relations and Resources for Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) where she helps provide opportunities to Alaska Native and American Indian people in the CIRI Region. In this role, she oversees the operations of the human resources department and is a strategic partner in achieving organizational sustainability goals. Nikki is a champion of transformational change and an advocate for CITC staff. She contributes to the creation and implementation of innovative approaches to the communications, professional development and mentorship needed to advance employment and career development opportunities for Alaska Natives, American Indians and CITC employees. Nikki serves as Vice Chair of the Alaska Native Professional Association, and has a passion for creating educational and professional development opportunities for young Alaska Native and American Indian leaders.


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Proceeds from the Gala benefit First Alaskans Institute, a registered 501c3 organization.

EIN 92-017-4854. A portion of your contribution may be tax deductible. Donate Now.