Koniag Board of Directors Endorses Mary Peltola for U.S. Congress

The Koniag Board of Directors has endorsed Mary Peltola to continue serving Alaska in the U.S. House of Representatives. The board’s endorsement speaks to her alignment with Koniag’s Alutiiq values and her deep understanding of the issues impacting rural Alaska and Alaska Native people.

“Since her election in 2022, Rep. Peltola’s unwavering commitment to rural Alaska and Alaska Native people has aligned with Koniag’s core values and our mission to make a meaningful impact on our Alutiiq Shareholders and Descendants,” Koniag President Shauna Hegna said. “Her leadership as the first Alaska Native congressperson has made an impact in our region, around Alaska, and across the country. We believe that she will continue to be a powerful advocate for our state and our communities on the national stage.”

Congresswoman Peltola is Yup’ik and was raised along the Kuskokwim River in Kwethluk, Tuntutuliak, Platinum, and Bethel. She served ten years in the Alaska State House representing the Bethel area, commercial fished, led the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, and served as a tribal judge.

“I’m so thankful for Koniag’s endorsement. I’ve always respected their commitment to Alaska, their shareholders, and their descendants. I’m glad to be their partner in securing an Alaska that works for all of us,” said Peltola. “I really appreciate the recognition that I do work on issues affecting everyone, regardless of party affiliation and ethnicity.”

The primary election will be held on August 20, 2024, followed by the general election on November 5, 2024. For more information on the upcoming elections, voting locations, or voter registration, visit vote.org.