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Achievement In: Activism for Social and Political Change Dixie Belcher has been and continues to be a tireless and conscientious visionary for achieving political and social change through music, which brings people together in unique ways. Her success meant reunions for indigenous families on both sides who hadn’t seen each other in forty years.Belcher’s childhood included connections with the Salvation Army, and her nominator says she’s been “banging the drum” for issues that move her ever since! As a former Girl Scout leader and outdoor enthusiast, Belcher formed the in 1979 for teens to learn environmental awareness with a focus on indigenous Native culture.In 1983, she organized 40 Goodwill Ambassadors who sang their way from Juneau to Anchorage and Fairbanks with a simple mission: to foster state unity and to convince residents that Juneau should remain the state’s capital.Alaska Committee chairman Jim Clark said their efforts had a definite effect on the positive outcome of that year’s vote for keeping the capital in Juneau.The effort spawned numerous exchanges and joint ventures in athletics, music and the arts.

Over her life time Belcher is well-known in Juneau for making a difference in the local community through projects she designed to help prison inmates as well as young people.

She is in the process of linking students interested in working for change with schools in Myanmar, India, Gaza, Peru, Ecuador, Ghana and Kenya.

The experimental program is combining three schools at a time to brainstorm environmental and/or peace projects, learn upbeat songs and sing together via the internet.

The Alaskans returned home determined to work to open the border. In the summer of 1988, the Bering Strait opened with Alaska Airline’s Friendship Flight to Providenia and the sailboat voyage of Alaska Eskimos to Novo Chaplino.

Performing Artists for Peace evolved into, the Yup’ik word for “Hello,” in 1987 and Belcher lectured and lobbied in Washington D. CAMAI lobbied extensively in Moscow for both ventures, and Eskimo families on both sides celebrated first reunions.

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