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Selena Ortega-Chiolero

Museum Specialist, Culture and Historic Preservation Department, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council,

CVTC Udzih Hwnax (Caribou House)
9255 N. Glenn Highway
Palmer, AK 99645
(907) 761-3916

Selena Ortega-Chiolero is the Museum Specialist for Chickaloon Village Traditional Council (CVTC) where she is responsible for the CVTC Tribal Collections and Archives that house the history and cultural expressions of the Ahtna Dene of Nay'dini'aa Na' Kayax'(Chickaloon Native Village). Selena supports the Tribe’s work in cultural site preservation, cultural tourism, and repatriation. She holds degrees in both Art History and Asian Studies from California State University, Sacramento, certifications in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and Cultural Heritage Tourism from George Washington University, and is currently working towards her Masters in Cultural Administration with a focus on Tribal Museums & Cultural Centers from IAIA.

As Board President for Museums Alaska and Chair for the Native American Archives Section of the Society for American Archivists, she continues to dedicate her time towards helping to reframe the understanding and practices of cultural heritage ownership, management, and access so that it acknowledges Indigenous identity, lifeways and knowledge systems.

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