Sealaska Board Chair Recognized as Citizen of the Year by AFN
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
presented the Citizen of the Year award to Senator Albert Kookesh who also
serves as Sealaska board chair.
The award was presented at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in
Anchorage where the AFN annual convention is being held.
you know me, I don’t expect to receive an award, except for basketball,” said
Kookesh. “I am following the path
of others that have left one for me to follow, such as Marlene Johnson. I’m now leaving a path for others like
Elizabeth Hensley, Joy Shockley, John Muller, Russell Dick, my kids and my
took the opportunity to discuss the State of Alaska’s subsistence regulations
that don’t align with federal law. He told state leaders who have voted against subsistence that they
should settle on the issue with current Alaska Native leadership. “The next
generation of Alaska Native leaders will be better qualified than us, have a
higher education and more financial resources and more sophisticated,” said
Kookesh. “The next generation is
coming so watch out.”
serves in the Alaska State Legislature
as senator to District C, the largest senate district in the United States. He
has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Alaska Methodist University and a Juris
Doctorate from the University of Washington.
He joined the Sealaska Board of
Directors in 1976 and currently serves as board chair. He is an ex-officio
member of all board committees and serves on the Elders' Settlement Trust Board
of Trustees. He also serves as a director for Sealaska Timber Corporation and
Klawock Island Dock Company, Inc. He is co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives,
served as past secretary and grand president of the Alaska Native Brotherhood,
and was special assistant to Alaska Governor Tony Knowles.
He accepted the award with his wife
Sally, daughter Jaeleen Araujo, and sons Albert Jr., and Walter. He has two other children, Elaine and
Kookesh, from Angoon, is of the
Tlingit Nation, Eagle Tribe, Teikweidí
(Brown Bear) Clan, child of L'eeneidí
(Dog Salmon) Clan. His Tlingit names are KA
ShAAN and YikdehHeiN.