Alaska Regional Corporations


Alaska Regional Corporations

Alaska natives have a unique relationship with the US Government that is different from the reservation system of the lower 48 states.There are 12 Alaska Native Regional Corporations that govern most of the 225 federally recognized indian communities and villages in Alaska.

ANCSA regional corporations map

The regional corporations were created by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which created Native-owned corporations to provide stewardship of ancestral lands and financial and other resources for Alaska's native people.

A 13th corporation, based in Seattle, Washington, also was formed to represent Alaska Natives who do not reside in Alaska.

The regional corporations were formed to receive approximately 45 million acres of land transferred from federal to private ownership and to manage investment of 2 million appropriated by Congress as the cash part of the settlement. An exception to this is that the 13th corporation received no land.

In addition to the regional corporations, some villages have their own village corporations, and there are many tribally affiliated councils who also take leadership roles for the native communities and villages of Alaska.

Profiles of the Alaska Regional Corporations are listed below.

 

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Aleut Corporation

The Aleut Corporation was established in 1972 under ANCSA. The corporation received a settlement of $19.5 million, and was entitled to 70,789 acres of surface lands and 1.572 million acres of subsurface estate. Voting shares of stock were issued to 3,249 shareholders.

Bering Straits Native Corporation

Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) was formed in 1972 and has approximately 6,300 shareholders. The Bering Strait’s region encompasses the majority of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and the coastal lands of eastern Norton Sound.

Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated

kkkllCook Inlet Region, Incorporated┬áis one of the 13 Alaska Native regional corporations. The geographic boundary of the Cook Inlet Region, Inc (CIRI) closely approximates the traditional homeland of the Dena’ina Athabascans.

Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Calista Corporation
Chugach Alaska Corporation
Doyon, Limited
How the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act works
Koniag, Incorporated
NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA)
Sealaska Corporation
The 13th Regional Corporation
What Are Alaska Regional and Native Corporations?