Ahtna, Inc., an Alaskan Native Corporation, is a global company providing exceptional construction and integrated services to both government and private sector clients.
Our Culture Unites Us;
Our Land Sustains Us;
Our People are Prosperous.
- Cultural and Traditional Principles
Ahtna, Inc., is one of the thirteen regional corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The purpose of ANCSA was to settle Native claims to the land that they had lived on for centuries. In exchange for the extinguishment of aboriginal title, Alaska Natives
would receive fee simple title to 40 million acres of land and a cash settlement of $962.5 million to be paid out over a number of years.
Eight villages: Cantwell, Chistochina, Chitina, Copper Center, Gakona, Gulkana, Mentasta and Tazlina within the Ahtna region were allocated
714,240 acres of land surrounding the villages. Based on population, the villages are entitled to the aforementioned acreage. Additionally,
Ahtna, Inc. received close to 45,000 acres in bonus selections to be distributed among the eight villages based upon their historic use and
subsistence needs. With regional entitlements, the total land area to be managed is 1.77 million acres.
Ahtna, Inc. owns 609,472 acres in fee simple title within the boundaries of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (Park).
The Ahtna Region is located in the Alaskan south-central interior and encompasses the Copper River Basin and the Wrangell Mountains. The Mentasta and Nutzotin Mountains border it to the northeast, to the north by the Alaska Range, to the west by the Talkeetna Mountains and to the south by the Chugach Mountains. The Wrangell Mountains are made up of dormant volcanoes with one exception. Mt. Wrangell is the largest active volcano in North America.
The Ahtna Region includes the entire Copper River watershed, including the Chitina, the Chistochina, the Gulkana, the Tazlina and portions of the Susitina and Tanana watersheds. The Copper River system is the fourth largest in Alaska, and is the most extensively glacier-influenced. The region includes about 24,000 square miles of land, which is largely unexplored, but rich deposits of copper, gold, silver, lead, molybdenum, and platinum are known.
Two National Parks, Denali National Park and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, also dominate the Ahtna Region. Ahtna holds title to 3,000 acres within Denali with approximately 25,000 acres under selection. Within Wrangell-St. Elias, Ahtna has approximately 600,000 acres conveyed with an equal amount in selections.
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