Niayuq is an Iñupiaq from Barrow, Alaska where she was raised her whole life. Niayuq received her Associates of Arts degrees in Iñupiaq studies and general studies with Iḷisaġvik College in April 2012. In 2014 she received her Bachelor’s degree in Alaska Native studies with an emphasis in Alaska Native education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Currently, she’s working on her Master’s in Rural Development with UAF via distance. She works in the Iñupiaq Studies Division as the Coordinator of Iñupiaq Studies. She is working on her Iñupiaq language skills and enjoys perpetuating the Iñupiaq language, culture, and traditions. She also enjoys teaching her 1 year old daughter as much Iñupiaq as she can.