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KOOTZNOOWOO, INC. IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING ECONOMIC BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR TRIBAL MEMBER SHAREHOLDERS AND DESCENDANTS.

KOOTZNOOWOO, INC. IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING ECONOMIC BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR TRIBAL MEMBER SHAREHOLDERS AND DESCENDANTS.

Kootznoowoo was born as a result of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. We are the corporation for the village of Angoon in Southeast Alaska which has a population of about 450 people. The majority of our shareholders are Tlingit Indian and have…

Initially, Kootznoowoo, like every other village corporations in Southeast Alaska, had the right to select a total of 23,040 acres in the immediate vicinity of its own home village. Through a series of negotiations, Kootznoowoo agreed to take entitlement to…

Though Kootznoowoo, Inc. is a for-profit business, as an Alaska Native Village Corporation, we embrace our duty of upholding the traditional values of our Tlingit ancestors while remaining watchful stewards over the land that we are entrusted. 

Kootznoowoo understands its responsibility in making sound investments and implementing responsible business practices that support financial stability to provide meaningful distributions to shareholders.

Kootznoowoo understands its responsibility in making sound investments and implementing responsible business practices that support financial stability to provide meaningful distributions to shareholders.

WE ARE STEWARDS OF OUR LAND

Initially, Kootznoowoo, like every other village corporations in Southeast Alaska, had the right to select a total of 23,040 acres in the immediate vicinity of its own home village. Through a series of negotiations, Kootznoowoo agreed to take entitlement to most of its lands on Prince of Wales- the third largest island in the United States (after the islands of Hawaii and Kodiak).

 

ANCSA provided Kootznoowoo with the right to select 21,400 acres of timberland off Admiralty Island. In the early 1980’s, Kootznoowoo made selections in the vicinity of Chomondeley Sound on the cast side of Prince of Wales Island. In addition, Kootznoowoo received the surface and subsurface estate to certain lands and around Angoon including a strip of shore land along Kootznoowoo Inlet, Mitchell Bay and Kanalku. 

Kootznoowoo’s management and board share a collective vision that through strong leadership, creative innovation, and steady growth, the corporation will be an example of economic success throughout the region.

Kootznoowoo understands its responsibility in making sound investments and implementing responsible business practices that support financial stability to provide meaningful distributions to shareholders.

MEET OUR BOARD

Kootznoowoo’s leadership team is focused on building businesses that are mindful of operating costs, employee productivity, and outstanding service. 

MELISSA M. KOOKEESH

MELISSA M. KOOKEESH

BOARD CHAIR

FRANK JACK III

FRANK JACK III

VICE CHAIR

EDWELL JOHN, JR

EDWELL JOHN, JR

TREASURER

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Erica George Shares her Success Story

Shareholder Erica George has a passion for helping others and is excited to be a part of the Kootznoowoo team. She joined the corporation as an employee in fall 2018. “I am so happy to work at the corporate office,” said Erica. “Before I started working here, I didn’t...