Our vision is to achieve sustainable growth while protecting TKC lands and responsibly balancing the needs of our stakeholders.
Our shareholders and the land are dependent on one another for sustainability; it is this connection that defines us. The most important asset, and the shareholders’ most important resource, is the nearly 100,000 acres of TKC surface area estate in the middle of the Yukon Kuskokwim region. The Calista Regional Corporation owns the sub-surface estate of this land.
TKC has an obligation and commitment to acting as a steward of the land for the good of our shareholders. Our Board of Directors and Land Committee carry out management through our adaptive Resource Management Plan. The board and committee continuously monitor and improve on TKC’s land policies to ensure an effective land plan with adjustments made as necessary.
The health of TKC and TKC land is of the upmost importance to us, as it is directly connected to the health of TKC shareholders. Therefore, TKC holds contamination issues as a priority and serves as an advocate for action that will remedy environmental contamination. Because our shareholders input on the land is invaluable to TKC, community meetings are held to address remediation plans for areas in the region affected by contamination. We encourage you to attend these meetings and express any questions, concerns and input you have.
The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, commonly abbreviated ANCSA, was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on December 18, 1971. ANCSA serves as the largest land claims settlement in U.S. history.
ANCSA was intended to resolve the long-standing issues surrounding aboriginal land claims in Alaska, as well as to stimulate economic development throughout the state. The settlement extinguished Alaska Native claims to the land by transferring titles to 12 Alaska Native regional corporations and over 200 local village corporations.
A 13th regional corporation was later created for Alaska Natives who no longer reside in Alaska.
The following thirteen regional corporations were created under ANCSA:
- Ahtna, Incorporated
- Aleut Corporation (TAC)
- Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC)
- Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC)
- Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC)
- Calista Corporation
- Chugach Alaska Corporation (CAC)
- Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI)
- Doyon, Limited
- Koniag, Inc.
- NANA Regional Corporation (NANA)
- Sealaska Corporation
- The 13th Regional Corporation
(Most of these corporations set up nonprofit corporations of their own.)
14(C)3 Land Conveyances
Under section 14(C)3 of ANCSA, TKC is obligated to reconvey certain lands to our villages for community expansion purposes. TKC’s Board of Directors places high priority on finalizing these conveyances. TKC is happy to have worked with one of our villages, the Native Village of Napaimute, to develop a unique model of settlement with a combination of 14(C)3 and a direct transfer. By considering unique alternatives and tactical routes, TKC has been able to put more land and control of land directly into shareholders’ hands.
Donlin Gold Agreement
One of our largest milestones in expansion and progress is the signing of the restated surface use agreement with Donlin Gold, LLC that took place in 2014. This agreement marks a milestone in the partnership forged between TKC and Donlin Gold as it serves to advance the major gold prospect and sets the basis for a long and productive relationship.
The agreement will not only allow for direct permits for TKC based on production of the mine, but also will create new TKC companies and includes provisions for TKC shareholder training and hiring. Additionally, it brings TKC river residents to the table to help ensure continued health of waterway and pave the way for a subsistence harvest plan in the mining area.
Donlin Gold would operate as a socially and environmentally responsible open pit gold mine, potentially one of the world’s most productive gold mines. The proposed mining site is 10 air miles north of Crooked Creek, and is located on land owned by TKC and subsurface land owned by Calista Corporation. Approximately 590,000 tons (118 million pounds) of ore would be processed daily during the mine’s 27-years-plus life, resulting in a significant boost in the Yukon Kuskokwim region economy. Up to 3,0000 jobs would be provided during construction and up to 1,200 jobs during operation. Donlin Gold is committed to hiring residents and shareholders of the Yukon Kuskowkim region, and is committed to responsible development of the potential mine.