Shareholder Spotlight: Emil Notti
Emil Notti, of Anchorage, was the keynote speaker at the Doyon, Limited 2019 annual meeting of shareholders.
Notti spoke of the strength and resilience of Alaska Native people, sharing several examples of different people throughout recent history. He spoke of the changes experienced, calling them constant, rapid and sometimes devastating. Languages, lifestyles and culture were all under the pressure of swift change, making Native people the minority of the land they lived on for centuries.
Today, Alaska Native people are not just surviving changes, but thriving through them. The foundation for future generations is being laid today. The foundation Notti referenced included workforce development, specifically training and putting Alaskans to work. He also stated that today, the Doyon board and staff are experiencing the rewards of life and academic learning.
“To the young people, there are many challenges ahead yet,” Notti said. “We come from tough people, make our ancestors proud.”
Notti was the first president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, a significant force behind the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the convening of Alaska Natives from every region of Alaska. He also served as Doyon’s third president. Born in Koyukuk, Notti graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and electrical engineering from Northrop University. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for Autonetics, a division of North American Aviation, on the Minuteman Ballistic Missile. He also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska as an electronic engineer. Later, he served under several Alaska governors as deputy commissioner of Health and Social Services, commissioner of Community and Regional Affairs and commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Notti has six children and eight grandchildren.
Notti holds honorary doctorate degrees from Alaska Methodist University (Alaska Pacific University) and the University of Alaska Anchorage.