Bristol Bay

Ralph AndersenRalph Andersen

Bristol Bay Native Association

Ralph Andersen is of Danish and Yupik descent from Dillingham, Alaska in Bristol Bay. He is a member of the Clarks Point Tribe in Bristol Bay, as well as a shareholder in Saguyak, Inc. (Clarks Point Village Corporation). He is also a shareholder in the Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Ralph graduated from high school in Woodstock, Vermont in 1972. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire from 1972 to 1974. In 1979 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks in English and Political Science.

Ralph lived in Barrow for about 20 years beginning in 1979 where he worked at the North Slope Borough, at the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and at Ilisagvik College. Ralph and his family moved back to Bristol Bay in 1998 where he joined the Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) as the Natural Resources Department Director. Ralph is now the Chief Executive Officer of BBNA.

Previously, Ralph was the Co-Chair of the AFN Board for three years. He is now serving his first term as BBNA’s representative on the AFN Board. Currently he is a chairman of the Bristol Bay Partnership and chairman of the Western Alaska Salmon Coalition.

Ralph is married to Flossie Hopson, and they have three children and eight grandchildren.

April FergusonApril Ferguson

Bristol Bay Native Corporation

April Ferguson has worked at BBNC for nearly 15 years and most recently was Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Corporation. She is a shareholder of BBNC, Choggiung, Limited, and a member of Curyung Tribal Council.  Ms. Ferguson was born in Seward and raised in Fairbanks, where she earned a degree in linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Like both of her sisters, she went to law school earning her JD from Harvard Law. She has one son, a daughter-in-law and a five year old granddaughter.




Thomas TildenThomas Tilden

Bristol Bay Villages

Thomas was born in Dillingham in 1953 to Mary and Earl Tilden. His family moved from Dillingham to Portage Creek along the Nushagak River when he was a young child. He learned how to hunt, fish, and gather berries, game and plants to help sustain their lifestyle. He is the father of sons and daughters and has grandchildren.

He was sent to high school in Dillingham and went to the University of Nagoya Japan and the University of Alaska in his final senior year. He went on to school in the Seward Skill Center to get his cooking diploma and worked on the North Slope as a baker, worked on seafood processors as a cook, worked for the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation as a safety instructor and tobacco cessation trainer and now work as a call in cook for Kanakanak Hospital.

He has been active in advocating for his hometown and the people of Bristol Bay as Chief of the Curyung Tribal Council, councilman and Mayor of Dillingham, member of the Bristol Bay Native Association, Chair for Indian Education, as a board member on Choggiung Ltd, board member on Nunamta Alukestai, and as a village representative on the AFN board of directors.