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April 28, 2022
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Koniag Endorses Tara Katuk Mac Lean Sweeney for U.S. Congress
Kodiak, AK – The Koniag Board of Directors has unanimously endorsed Tara Katuk Mac Lean Sweeney for U.S. Congress. Her unique understanding of, and effectiveness in, all levels of government, her knowledge of Alaska Native people, corporations, and issues, as well as her familiarity with resource development and subsistence make her the rare candidate Koniag chooses to unequivocally support for elected office. Koniag believes Sweeney is the best qualified candidate to serve in this critical role.
Alaska’s sole congressman since 1973, Don Young, died March 18 at age 88. Congressman Young was an unwavering advocate for Alaska, rural communities, and Alaska Native people. It is critical that the individual who replaces Congressman Young similarly understands and supports all of Alaska.
“Tara Katuk Mac Lean Sweeney, like Congressman Young, understands the nuances of our vast and diverse state,” said Koniag President Shauna Hegna. “She has long been an advocate for Kodiak Island. From infrastructure to jobs, from responsible resource development to social programs, Tara knows our region and communities and will be a strong voice for all Alaskans in Washington D.C. Koniag is proud to support Tara Katuk Mac Lean Sweeney in her race to become Alaska’s first Indigenous congressperson.”
A special by-mail primary election will be held June 11, with the top four vote getters advancing to a special general election on August 16. It will be the first time Alaskans will vote under the new open primary and ranked-choice general election, approved by voters through a ballot measure in 2020.
Based in Kodiak, Alaska, Koniag is an Alaska Native regional corporation that owns and manages a diverse portfolio of operating companies and real estate holdings. Koniag is committed to benefiting its nearly 4,300 shareholders through growing dividends, educational scholarships and investments in cultural programs that preserve the Alutiiq heritage of the Kodiak Island region. Koniag operates businesses across the U.S. in four primary areas: energy and water services, commercial IT, government contracting, and Kodiak Island operations. For more information about the Koniag family of companies, visit www.koniag.com