The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), Alaska’s largest statewide Native organization, today unanimously passed a resolution supporting an Alaska gasline project being led by the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC). The resolution, sponsored by the ASRC, CIRI, Doyon, and AHTNA Native Corporations, calls for AFN to work with AGDC “to ensure cooperation between Alaska Natives and their respective economic interests to provide to AGDC subject matter expertise and support services to advance” an Alaska gasline project.
AFN’s membership includes 186 federally recognized tribes, 177 village corporations, 12 regional corporations, and 12 regional nonprofit and tribal consortiums. AFN adopted the resolution supporting an Alaska gasline project during a plenary session of the organization’s annual convention in Anchorage, Alaska.
“Having the state’s leading native organizations voice their support for an Alaska gasline is a significant addition to the growing coalition backing our efforts to commercialize one of the state’s most valuable natural resources,” said AGDC Director of Alaska Native Affairs Donna Bach. “AFN represents Alaska’s rich ethnic and cultural groups and interests, and we are grateful for their interest and support of our work to unlock our gas resources for the benefit of all Alaskans.”
“An Alaska gasline gives Alaska Native organizations an opportunity to participate in the development of our state’s vast natural resources,” said resolution co-sponsor Aaron Schutt, President/CEO of Doyon Limited. “Our companies and our shareholders have the experience necessary to help build and operate this important Arctic energy infrastructure project. By working with AGDC, we are able to promote the economic interests of Alaskan Natives and manage our rich cultural and environmental resources.”
Additional sponsors of the resolution included the four regional Native Corporations along the proposed route: Ahtna, Inc., Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Cook Inlet Regional Incorporated, and Doyon Limited.
Alaska LNG is an integrated natural gas infrastructure project designed to unlock Alaska’s vast North Slope gas supply, termed one of only 25 “Super Basins” in the world by business research leader IHS Markit.
The Alaska LNG project is anticipated to generate a massive economic and employment opportunity in Alaska, creating an estimated 88,000 job-years of construction work. Ongoing operations and related activities will create 5,900 permanent jobs. The number of indirect jobs as a result of Alaska LNG construction and the stable, low-cost, clean energy the project will provide for generations of Alaskans is expected to be in the tens of thousands.