Albert Kookesh

Albert Kookesh

Kootznahoo Inlet Lodge

Owner & Operator

Angoon, AK

“I have always been of the opinion that when our grandfathers spoke about this company and the land that it owns, they were speaking forever, they weren’t speaking for just one generation. I think it is our moral obligation to include all of our children and grandchildren.”

Albert is the owner and operator of Kootznahoo Inlet Lodge.

Albert has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Alaska Methodist University, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington.

He has been a member of the Sealaska Board of Directors since 1976 and served as board chair from 2000 to 2014. Albert is a member of the Shareholder Relations Committee, a member of the Haa Aaní, LLC Board of Managers, a member and former chair of the Elders’ Settlement Trust, serves as a Trustee of the Sealaska Heritage Institute Board of Trustees and serves as Sealaska’s representative to the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Albert is the former policy and program specialist at the Office of the Governor for the State of Alaska; a former senator for District C and served in the Alaska State legislature, both House and Senate for 16 years; former AFN chair, former ANB Grand President, a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp executive committee, and a director of First Alaskans Institute.

Albert’s daughter, Jaeleen Kookesh, is an officer of Sealaska and serves as vice president for policy and legal affairs.

Albert is Tlingit/Eagle, Teikweidí (Brown Bear clan), L’eeneidí yádi (child of). His Tlingit name is Kaasháan.