“We’re grateful to Congressman Young for being a driving force in addressing the critical issues facing the Alaska Native community throughout his 46-year tenure,” said Buretta. “His steadfast commitment to protecting the cultural and economic interests of Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) ensures that we can continue to provide benefits to our shareholder community today and for generations to come.”
“Congressman Young was joined by his wife Anne during the event, which featured a performance of traditional and modern Sugpiaq music by Alaska Native dance group Imamsuat.
Congressman Young is the longest current serving member of the United States House of Representatives and holds the title of Dean of the House. His record reinforces a dedication to advancing the interests of Alaska Natives, from facilitating amendments to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and serving on the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, to fighting for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program and protecting ANC’s land ownership rights.
“Some of my proudest accomplishments in Congress include crafting policies to support strong and healthy Alaska Native communities. My late wife Lu, my daughters and my grandchildren are Alaska Native, so for me, protecting economic and cultural interests for our First Peoples is personal,” said Congressman Young. “I would like to thank the Chugach Alaska Corporation Political Action Committee, Chugach leaders and the other Native leaders for hosting a wonderful event and for all the long-time friends who joined us in support of my campaign. We have achieved a great deal together and with their continued help, I will keep standing up for Alaska.”
Additional event hosts include Cynthia Berns, Hallie Bissett, Barbara Donatelli, Andrew Guy, Shauna Hegna, Carl Marrs, Nathan McCowan, Gloria O’Neil, Greg Razo, Gail Schubert, Charles W. Totemoff and Roy Totemoff.