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.



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. After graduation she gained invaluable experience working under one of California’s esteemed chefs. Today, Nikki has a passion for how food connects, bringing people together. As owner of Sleeping Lady Creations, she cooks for private events and is focused on locally sourced, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Nikki is also Employee Relations Manager for Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) where she helps provide opportunities to Alaska Native and American Indian peoples in the CIRI Region. In this role, she helps build and maintain the human resources department. 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 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.