Athabaskan leader Emil Notti was inducted into the National Native American Hall of Fame on Nov. 6, 2021 at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.
Notti was recognized for his advocacy for Alaska Native people, especially noted for his efforts during the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
He was the first president of the Alaska Federation of Natives and held numerous roles in the State of Alaska administration, serving under former Governors Bill Sheffield and Sarah Palin.
Notti earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and electrical engineering from Northrop University and was granted honorary doctorate degrees from Alaska Pacific University and the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a Navy veteran who served during the Korean War.
Notti is the second Alaska Native to be inducted into the National Native American Hall of Fame. The first was Elizabeth Peratrovich, who was inducted posthumously in 2019 and noted for her work in civil rights for Alaska Natives.
The National Native American Hall of Fame was established in 2016 by James Parker Shield (Little Shell Chippewa) to bring greater awareness to the achievements and significant contributions of contemporary Native people in society.