Thirteenth Regional Corporation records; 1971-1997.
HMC-0390. The Thirteenth Regional Corporation was the last of the regional corporations formed by Alaska Natives as a result of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Public Law 92-203. The Thirteenth Region encompasses all other places except Alaska, which is location of the other twelve regional corporations. Each Alaska Native not living in Alaska at the time of the ANCSA enrollment, or during the later opt-in/opt-out election, had the option of joining either the most appropriate regional corporation in Alaska or the Thirteenth Regional Corporation. The articles of incorporation were filed in 1975 and the first Board of Directors was elected by the shareholders in 1976. Early investments of the corporation included a fishing fleet; real estate in Seattle; and land in Cold Bay, Alaska. The corporation created numerous subsidiaries in the course of pursuing business opportunities. The corporation also mounted a major campaign to obtain a land grant in Alaska (which the other twelve regional corporations had received as a part of the ANCSA settlement) and started a non-profit subsidiary, Al-Ind-Esk-A. The collection consists of records relating to the administration and operation of the Thirteenth Regional Corporation. Included are records relating to the board, the shareholders, the management of the corporation, corporate finances, subsidiaries and business ventures, law cases, corporate land claims, and corporate publications. Among these are articles of incorporation, minutes, election materials, corporate reports, correspondence, shareholder lists, records of the general manager, legal documents, congressional legislation, corporate newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and videotapes.