First Alaskans Institute helps develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of the society. The Institute does this through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. First Alaskans is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to advance Alaska Natives.
The Alaska Federation of Natives founded the AFN Foundation in 1989. In 1995, the AFN Foundation negotiated a sizeable payment from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and its owners as part of an agreement reached regarding the Native hire requirements in constructing the trans-Alaska pipeline.
In 2000, the AFN Foundation became independent of the Alaska Federation of Natives and received a $20 million endowment pledge from the owner companies of the trans-Alaska pipeline. The name was also changed to the First Alaskans Foundation. The AFN Board designated current and/or former Presidents or Chairs of the Alaska Federation of Natives as members of the Board of Trustees which served as the Foundation’s governing body. Morris Thompson served as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees until his untimely passing in 2000. That same year, Byron Mallott was elected President/CEO.
In 2002 the Foundation’s Board of Trustees made its final name change to First Alaskans Institute to reflect the organization’s mission and focus on leadership development, education and public policy.
Vision: Progress for the Next Ten Thousand Years
Mission: True to identity, heritage, and values, Alaska Natives are informed and engaged in leading the decisions that shape the future.
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