Molly B. Chythlook, Dillingham

I have lived in Bristol Bay Region all my life, mostly in Aleknagik and 32 years in Dillingham. I amYup’ik and bilingual. From my work completing Baseline Surveys in Bristol Bay region during 26 years with ADF&G Subsistence Division, I have gained extensive knowledge about majority of the Bristol Bay communities. On the many boards and committees I serve on, I deal with the Customary & Traditional natural resources issues relating to subsistence as well as challenges in maintaining our customary and traditional rights to the land and resources not only in Bristol Bay but through out Alaska.


  • Parents:  Willie and Mary Samuels
  • Dad originally fro Quingahak, Alaska
  • Mom originally from Eek, Alaska
  • Married to Joseph Chythlook for 43 years
  • Three sons working in medical, business fields, Commercial and Subsistence fishers and harvesters

Work History

  • Help with commercial set net until 1967
  • 1967-2005, commercial salmon drift net with husband / ran own boat and permit
  • Worked for ADF&G Subsistence Division for 26 years
  • Currently working for BBNA (2006-2010)
  • Subsistence fish / process all my life

Boards & Community Service

  • Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
  • Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Council, Chair of RAC
  • Ice Seal Council, Secretary, Chair committee in absence of Chair
  • Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council, Chair of subsistence harvest committee
  • Wood Tikchik State Parks Management Council, Chair
  • Alaska Beluga Whale Council, Secretary
  • Brown Bear Claw Handy-craft Working Group, Working Group Team Member
  • Aleknagik Natives Limited, Village Corporation, Vice President

Current Activities

  • Coordinating Subsistence Marine Mammal Ice Seal Survey Project in Togiak and Twin Hills
  • Transcribed Traditional Ecological Knowledge interviews on marine mammal hunting, processing and use including climate change from historical to present trends.