Journalist Tom Richards, Jr. Passes

Thomas Richards, Jr. Photo by Bill Hess

Thomas Richards, Jr.
Photo by Bill Hess

Community advocate and journalist Tom Richards, Jr. died on March 31, 2014.

Among the many accomplishments of his life, including serving his country in the U.S. Navy, chairing the first Eskimo Olympics Committee and founding the Institute of Alaska Native Arts, Tom is best known to the statewide Native community for his work on The Tundra Times.  In Washington, D.C., as a staff writer for the Tundra Times, Tom covered the action in Congress that led to the passage of the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). He later edited the Tundra Times, which was founded by his friend and mentor, Howard Rock, and gave visibility and voice to Alaska Natives.

“We will never forget Tom’s dedication to journalism and the Tundra Times newspaper,” said Julie Kitka, AFN President.  “He was an incredibly smart individual with many, many interests. His work at the Tundra Times was influential across the state and nationally.”

AFN offers deepest condolences to the Richards family.