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Isanotski Corporation History

The Isanotski Corporation was formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) passed by the U.S. Congress in 1971. The Corporation is the for-profit business of the Native American people of False Pass, Alaska. When the Corporation was formed it received a land endowment of about 69,000 acres and this land is held by the Corporation for its approximately 70 shareholders. This land stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to the Bering Sea on both sides of Isanotski Strait. (Please see the map on the Lands Page. )

The shareholders of the Corporation are primarily Native Americans of Aleut origin. We have lived in this area of the Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula for about 10,000 years. Few people on earth have lived in one specific area for such a long period of time. Our local economy has always depended on marine resources and fishing has been our way of life.

Corporation Management

The Isanotski Corporation is governed by a Board elected from among the shareholders, following the guidelines set out by the State of Alaska.

The current Board is as follows:

  • Kenneth Smith, Jr., President
  • Tom Hoblet , Vice President
  • Nicole Hoblet, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Billy Shellikoff , Member
  • Gilda Shellikoff , Member

The day to day management tasks are taken care of by the Office Manager, Melanie Hoblet. You may call the Corporation at 907-548-2217 or FAX 907-548-2317 or email us at


Aleut Cultural Preservation

The Isanotski Corporation wants to do all it can to protect the interests of the Aleut people and Native American rights in general. To that end, we wish to make available to the general public more information on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the National Museum of the American Indian Act (NMAI).

These two Federal Acts need to be understood by the general public so that the heritage of Native Americans can be protected and preserved and so that the remains and artifacts held by museums and individuals around the country can be returned to their rightful owners. Please click here to read a full discussion of these important Acts and what they mean for the Aleut People.