In 1966, concerns arose regarding land rights in Alaska as the U.S. Government planned to transfer vast acres, including areas in Kodiak Island, endangering our Alutiiq lands and way of life. In response, Native leaders convened to establish the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA), aiming to unite Kodiak Island Natives and collaborate with the Alaska Federation of Natives for the recognition of Native claims.

Since its founding, KANA has remained dedicated to overcoming obstacles to enhance our people’s quality of life.

While times have changed, our core aspirations remain the same—providing for our families and securing access to essentials like food, housing, education, and healthcare.

With visionary leadership and unwavering integrity, KANA was established with a solid foundation for its role as a crucial Native organization. Over the past fifty years, we have gathered data, conducted rigorous analysis, and embraced innovative approaches to expand resources and services that cater to the needs of Alaska Native communities on Kodiak Island.

KANA is committed to facilitating access to wellness resources, spanning from rural villages to urban neighborhoods, ensuring that all our people can lead fulfilling lives now and for generations to come.