In the Athabascan language, Gana-A’Yoo means “friends, ” or literally “friends together.” This was the underlying sentiment in 1978 when the shareholders of Galena, Koyukuk, Nulato and Kaltag made the decision to join together as “friends” and merge into one village corporation. Thus, Gana-A’Yoo, Limited was formed.
As a historically nomadic people who relied on each other, the concept of sharing is a pivotal one in Athabascan tradition. For thousands of years small groups would band together to share resources and ensure the success of the group.
The majority of the shareholders are Koyukon Athabascan people.While headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, the company has strong social and cultural ties to its villages and is committed to meeting its economic, social and cultural obligations to its shareholders.
The company played an active role in helping to rebuild Galena after a historic flood nearly wiped away the village in 2013.
It assists with community service projects including the securing of new market tax credits, which benefit the Elder Center and offer employment and opportunity to local individuals.
Gana-A’Yoo serves 1,200 shareholders primarily of Koyukon Athabascan descent. The member villages are: