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Albert Kookesh

August 28th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard 1 Comment


“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 Kookesh 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.

Albert 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 (AFN), served as past secretary and grand president of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, and was special assistant to Alaska Governor Tony Knowles.

Albert lives in Angoon, where he spent most of his childhood and all of his adult life, with the exception of years away at high school and college. “One of the reasons that I moved back to Angoon was so my children could grow up here,” he said. Albert owns and operates the Kootznahoo Inlet Lodge with his wife, Sally, and worked as a commercial fisherman, gillnetting for salmon in the Lynn Canal area.

Albert 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.

“I like to think that I contribute to Sealaska as an overall company, and not just one that is dependent on timber. I’ve tried to make Sealaska a company that is part of everything, many businesses and industries, and maintains its cultural strength. It’s all part of the process of becoming a well-rounded corporation.”

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Senator Kookesh will fight fishing citation

August 28th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

albertkookeshAccording to – Alaska state senator Albert Kookesh will challenge a fishing citation he received and seek a court opinion on whether a state wildlife officer has jurisdiction over subsistence fishermen on federal land.  Mr.  Kookesh is also the board chair of Sealaska, the Alaska native corporation for Southeast Alaska.

“I want NARF (Native American Rights Fund) involved with this. I want to make sure the Native community is involved with this. I want to make sure AFN is involved,” he said.

He has contacted Larry EchoHawk, head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and plans to speak to Kim Elton, the director of Alaska affairs for the Interior Department.

“We’ll see who wants to get on the bandwagon,” he said.

At an Aug. 12 hearing in Angoon, Kookesh and the three others pleaded not guilty to one count of exceeding the subsistence salmon limit. A trial is set for Oct. 5.  For the full story on, click here.

Juneau Empire updates the story here as of October 11, 2009.

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