Alaska Native/Indigenous People

Anna Frank – Athabascan Volunteer Recognized

Anna Frank was presented with a 2015 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award from First Lady Donna walker and Governor Bill Walker. Photo by Amanda Frank
Anna Frank was presented with a 2015 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Award from First Lady Donna walker and Governor Bill Walker. Photo by Amanda Frank

In late April, First Lady Donna Walker announced the recipients of the 2015 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. Among the winners was Anna Tadgue Frank who is Athabascan originally from Minto. An awards ceremony was held May 14 in Juneau.

I’ve always admired Anna Frank and her late husband, Richard. Over the years, Reverend Anna Frank has traveled throughout interior Alaska to hold Episcopal services, like baptisms, confirmations and funeral services. She has even baptized my youngest daughter at the Episcopal Church in Huslia. Many Alaskans have been touched by Anna Frank.

Anna Frank is well respected and has touched many lives. She has a strong voice and is often asked to speak at events. Here are some information the State shared about Anna Frank.

Anna Tadgue Frank – Fairbanks
Anna Frank was born in Minto, one of 13 children. She was raised living a subsistence lifestyle. At the age of 16, she snuck away from Minto and eloped with the late Richard Frank. She has been an active member of the Fairbanks community since 1975. She and Richard raised four children, many grandchildren and adopted grandchildren across Alaska and the Lower 48. She has served as a postmaster, health aide and drug and alcohol counselor. Being the first Athabascan woman ordained to the Episcopal Priesthood, she has officiated at weddings, funerals, baptisms, prayed over community events and supported people through some of the most trying times. She has assisted many Alaskans through fund raising and travel during time of unexpected life situations. She has supported, influenced and inspired many to continue their education and pursue leadership roles. She spends her time sewing many beaded Athabascan slippers, gloves and other crafts. Anyone who knows Anna enjoys her humor, presence and lifelong pursuit to help people in the Interior and beyond.

Ana basee’ Anna Frank for sharing yourself so generously with your community and the state.

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4 thoughts on “Anna Frank – Athabascan Volunteer Recognized”

  1. Thanks for writing this and sharing it around. She officiated at my dad’s funeral. Tadgue is an awesome lady and a treasure for the state and I’m glad they recognized her!

  2. Anna is one of my hero’s!! I’m grateful to know her and call her “friend”. She and her husband, Richard, helped me to appreciate and love life in Alaska with all its challenges and blessings. A note: She was the first indigenous woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the worldwide Anglican Communion

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