Stories

Stories

Join the ANCSA Regional Association and Alaska Native Village Corporation Association as we recognize the profound changes sparked by ANCSA and the 50 years of economic, cultural, educational, and social benefits that Alaska Native corporations provide to their shareholders, descendants, and all of Alaska.

Throughout the year, we will highlight the people and cultures of the 12 regions represented by Alaska Native regional corporations.

AHTNA: Our Land Sustains Us

Ahtna, Incorporated: Our Land Sustains Us The Ahtna people have been managing the land and natural resources across 26 million acres, an area about the size of the state of Ohio, for thousands of years. Our ancestors were born biologists who carefully managed fish and wildlife for sustainability.  The land and waters of the region once provided…Read More

CALISTA CORPORATION: “Culture and business: Reflecting on Calista’s 50 years since ANCSA” by Robert Beans and Andrew Guy

Culture and business: Reflecting on Calista’s 50 years since ANCSA Posted in the Anchorage Daily News Opinion Section on 8/5/21 by Robert Beans and Andrew Guy As the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region, we practice subsistence by following qanruyutet (gan-ya-wu-DET), or ‘words of wisdom’ from our elders. They tell us food creates family bonds, and…Read More

THE ALEUT CORPORATION: Reclaiming Our Heritage: Cultural and Language Revitalization among the Unangax̂ People

For Crystal Dushkin, one of the most significant and memorable cultural moments of the last several years was the 2013 launch of an iqyax, a traditional Unangax̂ kayak, at the conclusion of the first Atka Culture Camp, Niigugim Tanasxaa. The construction of this iqyax began in 1996 along with a few others, but this one…Read More

CIRI: A Word from the President

The 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) is fast approaching! On Dec. 18, 1971, ANCSA become the largest land claims settlement in U.S. history and the first settlement of its kind between Native American people and the federal government. ANCSA settled Alaska Native peoples’ aboriginal land claims in exchange for title…Read More

BBNC: Path to Prosperity Supports Emerging and Existing Businesses in Bristol Bay Region

An innovative business competition led by a Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) subsidiary has injected $100,000 in grants to Bristol Bay businesses who are supporting and growing the region’s economy. The Path to Prosperity competition—or P2P, as it’s called—is operated by the Bristol Bay Development Fund (BBDF), and rewards local innovators with a chance to…Read More

KONIAG: “ANCSA changed my life – and Alaska’s future” by Anthony ‘Tony’ Drabek

ANCSA changed my life – and Alaska’s future Posted in the Anchorage Daily News Opinions Section on 2/20/21 by Anthony “Tony” Drabek My ancestral homeland and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, or ANCSA, helped me rebuild my life. Enrollment under ANCSA had just begun in 1970, when I came home to Kodiak after four years…Read More