Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia
In 1994, at the age of 72, Jim Walton went alone, and not speaking the Russian language, to Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia, to help establish alcohol-recovery programs. As a result of his work, the republic held several Healthy Lifestyle Summits; the Tundra Women's Center in Cherski, Sakha Republic, was founded (the first domestic-violence center in the Republic); and hundreds of cultural and health care exchanges occurred between indigenous people of the Sakha Republic and Alaska. Members of the Spiritual Unity of Tribes Steering Committee have traveled to Yakutsk, Siberia to coordinate a 1994 Gathering there with the Sakha people. The Siberians had been previously invited to attend Gathering VII in Tanacross.