The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA)is the federally recognized tribal organization of the Unangan (Aleut) people in Alaska.
It was created by the merger of two predecessor organizations: The Aleut League, formed in 1966, and the Aleutian Planning Commission, formed a few years later.
APIA was chartered in 1976 as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Alaska. APIA contracts with federal, state and local governments as well as securing private funding to provide a broad spectrum of services throughout the region. These services include health, education, social, psychological, employment and vocational training, and public safety services.
A 13-member Board of Directors governs the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association. Each director serves a three-year term, represents one of 13 constituent Aleut Tribal Governments, and is appointed by the community’s tribal organization.
The board establishes overall policy and direction for APIA and appoints a president/chief executive officer to administer the Association.
APIA strives to provide self-sufficiency and independence of the Unangan/Unangas by advocacy, training, technical assistance and economic enhancement; assists in meeting the health, safety and well-being needs of each Unangan/Unangas community;works to promote, strengthen and ensure the unity of the Unangan; and strengthen and preserve Unangaxˆ cultural heritage.