Sealaska Board Chair Albert Kookesh Recovering In Anchorage
Sealaska Board Chair and former state Senator Albert Kookesh suffered a heart attack this morning in Juneau and is currently recovering from procedures conducted at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. While Providence reported earlier the senator was in “critical condition,” we have confirmed with family members that Albert successfully underwent surgery to correct a blockage and is currently resting.
We will keep you informed about his progress and ask you for your continued thoughts and prayers, both for Albert’s recovery and for his family during this time. The Kookesh family has expressed their appreciation for the quick outpouring of support from throughout Alaska.
Albert continues to be an advocate for issues related to Alaska Natives and Southeast communities through his work as chair of the Sealaska board and co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives. We pray for a quick recovery and look forward to his return.