Freddie R. Olin IV

Freddie R. Olin IV

Freddie R. Olin IV is Koyukon Athabascan, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. With diverse experiences from working on oil rigs on the North Slope and wildland firefighting in both Alaska and the Lower 48 to staffing political offices in the Alaska State Capitol, his favorite is being a family man with his wife and their two children. He is currently employed by Gana-A'Yoo, Limited, an ANCSA village corporation based in Anchorage. His views and commentary do not reflect those of Gana-A'Yoo.

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On Losing My Best Childhood Friend to Gun Violence

By: - September 24, 2022

On the early Saturday morning of Sept. 26, 1998, I woke up to my dad coming into my bedroom carrying the Anchorage Daily News. The front page headline was that my best childhood friend had been shot and murdered. I was 15 years old and still coming to terms with many things the wide world […]


In four months, Congresswoman Mary Peltola can accomplish much: Here are some possible ways how

By: - September 3, 2022

Along with much of the Alaska Native community, I am celebrating every moment of Mary Peltola’s win in the special election to fill the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young’s term. I know that she will bring her pride into the chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives and get straight to work and […]

Freddie R. Olin IV stands with his wife Annauk Olin and son Daał Olin on April, 29, 2022, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks commencement. (Olin family photo)

University of Alaska offers paths to success for non-traditional students

By: - August 20, 2022

As the new school year ramps up for faculty and students at our University of Alaska campuses statewide, this year is my first as an adult that I will not be an undergraduate student in the UA system. Because so much focus about life after high school is brought toward higher education or vocational-technical training, […]

Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon dries on a rack near Bethel in 2001. (Photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Marginalizing concerns on Alaska salmon bycatch and the Yukon-Kuskokwim subsistence fisheries

By: - July 30, 2022

The past two seasons and now this 2022 season, Chinook and chum fisheries have crashed to historical low-abundance runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Yup’ik and Athabascan peoples, villages and communities have relied upon each fishery from time immemorial for putting healthy foods on the table. Many Canadian First Nations and communities also rely […]

Sarah Palin speaks and Mary Peltola listens at a March 12 forum of candidates for the U.S. House seat left vacant by the death of Don Young. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

How Al Gross’ decision affects Alaska’s first ranked-choice elections

By: - July 7, 2022

Al Gross’ choice to end his campaign could prove to be a decisive move during the height of the special election to fill the remaining term of the late Congressman Don Young. The move could concentrate support for a candidate who is uniquely positioned to connect with rural Alaska and Alaska Native voters, Mary Peltola. […]

A smoke column rises during the Bear Creek Fire No. 4 in June 2012. (Photo by Freddie R. Olin IV)

What it means to be an Alaska wildland firefighter

By: - July 2, 2022

As wildfire smoke has enveloped much of Alaska in the past few weeks, we can know that hundreds of dedicated, professional, and tough women and men are fighting each fire that may be encroaching on our lives, whether in the wilderness protecting cabins or nearby communities and villages along each river and highway. The anomaly […]