Doyon Board Meets with U.S. Senators
Pictured above, Doyon board members and Doyon President & CEO stands with Senator Lisa Murkowski at the August board meeting.
The Doyon, Limited board of directors had the opportunity to meet with Alaska’s U.S. senators during the board’s quarterly meeting on August 20 in Fairbanks.
Sen. Dan Sullivan attended the meeting to discuss some of the issues that are important to Alaskans and to answer questions from the Doyon board. Sen. Sullivan reported on increased funding for the Tribal Transportation program, which passed in the highway bill. He also provided an update on efforts to address water and sewer issues in rural Alaska through proposed legislation in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He also expressed support for and reported on legislation giving Vietnam veterans the opportunity to choose Native allotments, as some weren’t able to do so while fighting in the war.
After Sen. Sullivan departed the meeting, Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined to provide an update on the work she’s doing for Alaska and to hear questions from the Doyon board. Sen. Murkowski spoke about protections for Alaska Native lands guaranteed through the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). She also spoke about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Improvement Act, which includes language requiring the secretary of the Interior to convey lands to Kian Tr’ee, the corporation for Canyon Village. For over 40 years, the Gwich’in people of Canyon Village have been denied their land claims provided by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Having both U.S. senators join the board meeting was an honor for those in attendance.
“Today was a great day for Doyon,” said Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt. “I don’t think we’ve ever had both U.S. senators meet with us on the same day and spend as much time as they did. They provided in-depth updates and answered our questions. We appreciate that they made time in their busy schedules to spend with Doyon’s leadership.”