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Ariel Tweto is a TV personality and producer, public speaker, activist, and pilot. After starring in Discovery Channel’s show about her family business,Flying Wild Alaska, she conquered late night television as a regular on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, in addition to her hosting duties for FNX’s Native Shorts, an on-going series showcasing films by Native creators highlighting Firsts Nations’ experiences. Ariel will be the featured in an IMAX movie in 2020.
Ariel earned her private pilot license in 2012 and continues to fly. In 2017 she took 18th out of 118 in the female-only, transcontinental Air Race Classic, which traces its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby in which Amelia Earhart and others raced from California to Ohio. An advocate for female pilots, Ariel attends industry conventions each year to inspire young women to pursue careers in the industry.
In 2014, Ariel started a nonprofit called Popping Bubbles to support suicide prevention in the Arctic. Remote villages like her hometown of Unalakleet suffer from some of America’s highest rates of substance abuse, domestic violence, and suicide. Ariel has lost over 35 family members and friends to suicide. Bringing motivational speaking tours to isolated communities across Alaska and Northern Canada, her goal is to help pop the self-defeating and insular bubbles that prevent people from living happy and healthy lives. She wants communities to embrace their local customs with pride, communicate and support one another through life’s highs and lows. To date, Ariel has visited over 50 schools and communities to discuss happiness, goal setting, overcoming failure, and finding purpose. She will continue to travel to remote places for the rest of her life.
Some things haven’t changed since 2007 though: Ariel still lives in running shoes and hasn’t missed a daily jog in 12 years.