Siqiñiq Maupin is Inupiaq with roots mostly in Nuiqsut and Utqiagvik. Their grandparents are the late Abe and Lena Simmonds. She grew up in Fairbanks with a love for animals, the outdoors, and her culture. She worked for the oil industry for 4 years before she got into recovery in 2017 and entered social justice work. She is in her senior year of her bachelor’s degree in Alaska Native Studies with a minor in Inupiaq. She has two children and three dogs. Her passions are art in all forms of medium, writing, and being on the land.