Pursuant to federal law, all Alaska Native Corporations must be directed by an all-Native shareholder board, and 100% of the corporation’s profits must inure to the Native shareholders in the form of dividends, scholarships, educational assistance, Elders and health benefits, language and cultural preservation, and investments in the corporation that build shareholder equity and provide for healthy, sustainable corporation growth.
Each year, Chenega Corporation invests approximately 20% of its profits to support the preservation of Chenega’s past and the creation of shareholder opportunities for the present. The balance is invested back into the corporation to build shareholder equity and grow the corporation for a sustainable future.
Stories and Voices of Our Past
Life in the 1940s Chenega Village Comes to Life in a New Book and Documentary Film.
Chenega Diaries: Stories and Voices of Our Past is a beautiful, informative look back at life in the Alaska Native Village of Chenega. The book and companion documentary DVD are filled with photos, school children’s diary entries, letters, and other primary source materials. Recent interviews with Chenega Tribal Elders add historical perspective to the narrative. In this same vein, descendants of the diary writers are the voices narrating the diary entries on the DVD, giving those descendants a firsthand experience in preserving their culture. The companion website has been designed with educators in mind; it includes lesson plans tied to Alaska state standards.
“It is an honor for us to be able to preserve and share the culture of our Chenega Tribe in this way. We hope Chenega Diaries sparks interest in classrooms and communities and encourages even more sharing of stories and memories in our homes.”
Chenega Corporation President & CEO
Charles W. Totemoff