Recognizing Albert Kookesh (Kaasháan) For His Service and Positive Contributions to Sealaska
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Sealaska is deeply grateful for the service of two of its board members who have chosen not to seek another term on the board. These two men have contributed mightily to our company, and their service and commitment to our people has been of incalculable value.
Sealaska director Albert Kookesh, formally announced he will not seek another term on the Sealaska Board of Directors. Albert’s term will end at the 2021 annual meeting.
Albert has been a member of the Sealaska Board of Directors since 1976, serving as board chair from 2000 to 2014. “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,” said Albert. “I think it is our moral obligation to include all of our children and grandchildren.”
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 on the Sealaska Heritage Institute Board of Trustees and serves as Sealaska’s representative to the Alaska Federation of Natives.
Albert had a long and distinguished career most recently as 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 Camp President, a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp executive committee, and a trustee of First Alaskans Institute.
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 has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Alaska Methodist University, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington. He is Tlingit, Eagle/Teikweidí (Brown Bear clan), originally from Angoon.
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