Alaska Native Corporations: Economic divisions


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No one involved with the split between the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) and Alaska’s most profitable company – Arctic Slope Regional Corp. (ASRC)– is publicly saying much of anything of substance about the reasons why, but this parting was clearly inevitable.

Alaska Public Media reporter Nathaniel Herz, a relative newcomer to the 49th state, Friday tied the issue to oil, observing that “tribal governments and nonprofits say they’re being saddled with climate change’s costly impacts, while some regional corporation leaders see greenhouse gas regulations as a potential threat to their bottom line.”

That is part of the story, but the differences between the state’s Native corporations and AFN are deeper than that and trace back to well before political interest groups and some of the media declared a “climate crisis.”