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ANCSA (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) Information

ANCSA corporations may incorporate under AS 10.06 and be on record with the Corporations Section of this Division. To locate entities on record go to: Search Corporations Database

The Alaska Corporations Code (AS 10.06) addresses a wide range of topics from formation of the corporation through dissolution, including annual meetings (AS 10.06.405), proxies (AS 10.06.418), voting of shares (AS 10.06.420), access to records (AS 10.06.430) and many other areas. In addition, AS 10.06.960-961 provide information specific to ANCSA corporations. For more information go to: Corporations Statutes and Regulations

NOTE: The Corporations Section of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing is mainly a filing agency. This means, IF an entity provides their filings complete and compliant according to statutes (AS 10.06) and regulations (3 AAC 16) THEN the Corporations Section may file it for record.

IMPORTANT: AS 10.06 does not give the Corporations Section of this Division the jurisdictional authority to adjudicate over issues or concerns regarding an entity’s internal operations. The authority to adjudicate over these issues rests with the Alaska Court System which may, as a result of a court case, issue a court order for whatever action the court deems appropriate.

Shareholders seeking to resolve issues with their ANCSA corporation are encouraged to:

  • review their statutory shareholder rights under AS 10.06;
  • contact their ANCSA corporation directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute for the right you are seeking to exercise);
  • seek legal counsel; and/or
  • exercise your shareholders rights through the Alaska Court System

For anyone with concerns or issues with an entity or ANCSA corporation we encourage you to seek legal counsel.

ANCSA Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Who are the Federal recognized Native entities within the State of Alaska?

Federal Register of Indian Tribes:
The U.S. government officially recognizes currently 566 Indian Tribes (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) as sovereign nations in the United States. There are 229 of these ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse nations located in the state of Alaska; the other federally recognized tribes are located in 33 other states. These federally-recognized tribes are eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. For a current list to go to: Federal Register/Indian Entities

US Department of the Interior/Bureau of Indian Affairs:
The Alaska Region encompasses a dynamic and diverse mix of Tribes, Tribal organizations and natural features. With the exception of the Annette Island Reserve, which falls under the Northwest Region, the entire state of Alaska falls under the jurisdiction of the Alaska Region. The nearly 80,000 Tribal members that make up the 229 Tribes under the Alaska Region jurisdiction stretch from Ketchikan in the Southeast Panhandle to Barrow on the Arctic Ocean and from Eagle on the Yukon Territory border to Atka in the Aleutian Chain. For more information go to: Federal Recognized Tribes in Alaska

Federally recognized, as sovereign nations, Indian Tribes have a government-to-government relationship within the two other sovereign governing bodies of the United States: the federal and state governments.

Tribal members are citizens of these three sovereigns: their tribe, the United States, and the state in which they reside.

2.   Who are the Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Communities?

For a list of all Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Communities go to: Dept. Natural Resources/Division of Mining, Land & Water.

Alaska Native Regions and Communities corporations’ maybe either:

  • “incorporated” (on record with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing); or
  • “un-incorporated” (which do not file with this Division).

For information on an “incorporated” (on record with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing) Regional Corporation, including forms filed for record, go to Search Corporations Database and search by entity number or name.

For information on business licenses, including owner and line of business, go to: Search Business License Database

3.   Who are the thirteen (13) ANCSA corporations?

ANCSA Corporations Alaska Entity Number
Ahtna, Incorporated 11084D
The Aleut Corporation 11079D
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation 11082D
Bering Straits Native Corporation 11085D
Bristol Bay Native Corporation 11058D
Calista Corporation 11051D
Chugach Alaska Corporation 11083D
Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated 11044D
Doyon, Limited 11093D
Koniag, Incorporated 11086D
Nana Regional Corporation, Inc. 11039D
Sealaska Corporation 11066D
The 13th Regional Corporation (INVOLUNTARILY DISSOLVED) 15167D – Created in 1972, this entity was Involuntarily Dissolved on 12/31/2013 for failure to file statutory required documents, per AS 10.06, with this Division.

For entity detail information, including forms filed for record, on an ANCSA Corporation go to go to Search Corporations Database and search by entity number or name.

For information on business licenses, including owner and line of business, go to: Search Business License Database

4.   Are there resources for ANCSA planning and land management?

Yes. Go to the Division of Community and Regional Affairs Resources for ANCSA 14(c)(3).

5.   What is my role as an ANCSA shareholder?

The Division of Banking and Securities has developed a booklet to provide ANCSA shareholders with information to assist them in their roles as owners of their corporations. Particularly, the Information for Shareholders of ANCSA Corporations booklet addresses issues a shareholder might encounter when seeking information about their corporation, or when deciding whether to run as a candidate for the board of directors.

For more ANCSA information go to: State of Alaska Division of Banking and Securities

Shareholders seeking to resolve issues with their ANCSA corporation are encouraged to:

  • review their statutory shareholder rights under AS 10.06;
  • contact their ANCSA corporation directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute for the right you are seeking to exercise);
  • seek legal counsel; and/or
  • exercise your shareholders rights through the Alaska Court System.
6.   If I am a candidate for an upcoming ANCSA corporation board of directors’ election, do I need to file anything with the Division of Banking and Securities?

It depends.

If your candidate information is already included in the Corporation’s proxy materials that has been sent to shareholders, you do not need to file anything further with the Division.

However, if you solicit proxies outside of the Corporation’s materials (e.g. newspaper ad, radio ad, direct mail to shareholders, Facebook or Twitter posting, etc.), you need to file additional information with the Division.

For more information, please review the Information for Shareholders of ANCSA Corporations booklet.

For more ANCSA information go to: State of Alaska Division of Banking and Securities

7.   If I am a candidate for an upcoming ANCSA corporation board of directors; election, do I need to file anything with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing?

Before the election:
No, you do not need to file anything with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing prior to the election.

After the election:
Yes, the ANCSA corporation will need to submit the appropriate Notice of Change of Officials form to update the officials on record with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

In addition:
You may need to file with the Division of Banking and Securities. For more information see Question #5.

8.   What are the Alaska Corporation Code statutes (AS 10.06) pertaining to shareholders and directors?

  • SHAREHOLDERS
  • For Alaska Corporation Code statutes regarding Shareholders go to: Corporations Statutes and Regulations

    Below are some of the statutes regarding Shareholders:

    • AS 10.06.405. Meetings of shareholders
    • AS 10.06.408. Closing of transfer books and fixing record date
    • AS 10.06.410. Notice of shareholders' meetings
    • AS 10.06.411. Delivery of information and items to shareholders
    • AS 10.06.413. Voting list; liability
    • AS 10.06.415. Quorum of shareholders
    • AS 10.06.418. Proxies
    • AS 10.06.420. Voting of shares
    • AS 10.06.421. Corporation's acceptance of certain documents
    • AS 10.06.423. Actions taken without meeting: written consent; revocation of consent
    • AS 10.06.424. Shareholder agreements
    • AS 10.06.425. Voting trusts and agreements among shareholders
    • AS 10.06.428. Shareholders' preemptive rights
    • AS 10.06.430. Books and records
    • AS 10.06.433. Annual report to shareholders; content; financial statement on request
    • AS 10.06.435. Shareholders' derivative action
    • AS 10.06.438. Liability of shareholders and subscribers

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • For Alaska Corporation Code statutes regarding Directors, Officers, Employees, and Agents go to: Corporations Statutes and Regulations

    Below are some of the statutes regarding Board of Directors:

    • AS 10.06.450. Board of directors; duty of care; right of inspection; failure to dissent
    • AS 10.06.453. Number, election, and tenure of directors; initial directors
    • AS 10.06.455. Classification of directors
    • AS 10.06.458. Declaration of board vacancy where director of unsound mind
    • AS 10.06.460. Removal of director without cause
    • AS 10.06.463. Removal of director by superior court
    • AS 10.06.465. Vacancies and resignation; special meeting of shareholders
    • AS 10.06.468. Executive and other board committees
    • AS 10.06.470. Meetings: call, place, notice, and waiver
    • AS 10.06.473. Quorum of directors
    • AS 10.06.475. Alternative meeting arrangements; informal action by directors
    • AS 10.06.478. Director conflicts of interest
    • AS 10.06.480. Liability of directors and shareholders
    • AS 10.06.483. Officers: tenure, resignation, agency, duty of care
    • AS 10.06.485. Loans to directors, officers, and employees
    • AS 10.06.490. Indemnification of officers, directors, employees, and agents; insurance
    • AS 10.06.502. Permitted and prohibited amendments
    • AS 10.06.504. Procedure to amend articles of incorporation; application to certain elections
    • AS 10.06.506. Class voting on amendments
    • AS 10.06.508. Greater voting requirements
    • AS 10.06.510. Execution and content of articles of amendment
    • AS 10.06.512. Filing of articles of amendment
    • AS 10.06.514. Effective date and effect of amendment
    • AS 10.06.516. Restated articles of incorporation
    • AS 10.06.518. Filing of restated articles of incorporation
    • AS 10.06.520. Effect of issuance of restated certificate of incorporation
    • AS 10.06.522. Amendment of articles of incorporation in reorganization proceedings
    • AS 10.06.524. Filing of amendment of articles in reorganization proceedings
    • AS 10.06.526. Effective date and effect of amendment of articles in reorganization proceedings
9.   Can I get copies of my ANCSA corporations’ books and records of account, board minutes and shareholders mailing lists?

Yes, Alaska statutes and regulations require a corporation to make this information available to its shareholders. Books and records are not filed with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. To access books and records, per AS 10.06, you will need to contact the ANCSA corporation directly.

If your ANCSA does not provide you with books and records, per AS 10.06.430(c) & (d), and you are a shareholder you may seek a court order to access books and records. For more information go to: Corporations Statutes and Regulations

Alaska Statute 10.06.430. Books and records.

  1. A corporation organized under this chapter shall keep correct and complete books and records of account, minutes of proceedings of its shareholders, board, and committees of the board, and a record of its shareholders, containing the names and addresses of all shareholders and the number and class of the shares held by each. The books and records of account, minutes, and the record of shareholders may be in written form or in any other form capable of being converted into written form within a reasonable time.
  2. A corporation organized under this chapter shall make its books and records of account, or certified copies of them, reasonably available for inspection and copying at the registered office or principal place of business in the state by a shareholder of the corporation. Shareholder inspection shall be upon written demand stating with reasonable particularity the purpose of the inspection. The inspection may be in person or by agent or attorney, at a reasonable time and for a proper purpose. Only books and records of account, minutes, and the record of shareholders directly connected to the stated purpose of the inspection may be inspected or copied.
  3. An officer or agent who, or a corporation that, refuses to allow a shareholder, or the agent or attorney of the shareholder, to examine and make copies from its books and records of account, minutes, and record of shareholders, for a proper purpose, is liable to the shareholder for a penalty in the amount of 10 percent of the value of the shares owned by the shareholder or $5,000, whichever is greater, in addition to other damages or remedy given the shareholder by law. It is a defense to an action for penalties under this section that the person suing has within two years sold or offered for sale a list of shareholders of the corporation or any other corporation or has aided or abetted a person in procuring a list of shareholders for this purpose, or has improperly used information secured through a prior examination of the books and records of account, minutes, or record of shareholders of the corporation or any other corporation, or was not acting in good faith or for a proper purpose in making the person's demand.
  4. Nothing in this chapter impairs the power of a court, upon proof by a shareholder of a demand properly made and for a proper purpose, to compel the production for examination by the shareholder of the books and records of account, minutes, and record of shareholders of a corporation.

In addition, the Alaska Securities Act (AS 45.55.139) requires corporations organized under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq, with 500 or more shareholders and over $1,000,000 in assets to file their annual reports, proxies, consents or authorizations, proxy statements, and other materials relating to proxy solicitations with the Division of Banking and Securities. The annual reports on file with the Division of Banking and Securities may be available, per 2AAC 96.300 - 2AAC 96.360, through a public records request.

10.   Can the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing help me if my ANSCA Corporation is not providing me with books and records of account, board minutes and shareholders mailing lists, or other information I feel I am entitled to as a shareholder?

No.

The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing does not have authority to resolve or adjudicate over these issues.

If your ANCSA does not provide you with books and records, per AS 10.06.430(c) & (d), and you are a shareholder you may seek a court order to access books and records. For more information go to: Corporations Statutes and Regulations

Corporation statutes (AS 10.06) govern corporation and provides shareholders rights; however, AS 10.06 does not give the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing the jurisdictional authority to adjudicate over issues or concerns regarding this matter or an entity’s internal operations.

The authority to adjudicate over these issues rests with the Alaska Court System which may, as a result of a court case, issue a court order for whatever action the court deems appropriate. For more information regarding issues which may fall within the jurisdiction of this Division go to: Corporations Complaint Frequently Asked Questions

Shareholders seeking to resolve issues with their ANCSA corporation are encouraged to:

  • review their statutory shareholder rights under AS 10.06;
  • contact their ANCSA corporation directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute for the right you are seeking to exercise);
  • seek legal counsel; and/or
  • exercise your shareholders rights through the Alaska Court System
11.   Can the Division of Banking and Securities help me if my ANSCA Corporation is not providing me with books and records of account, board minutes and shareholders mailing lists, or other information I feel I am entitled to as a shareholder?

No.

The Division of Banking and Securities does not have jurisdictional authority (under AS 45.55) to adjudicate or resolve these issues.

The authority to adjudicate over these issues rests with the Alaska Court System which may, as a result of a court case, issue a court order for whatever action the court deems appropriate. For more information regarding issues which may fall within the jurisdiction of this Division go to: Corporations Complaint Frequently Asked Questions

Shareholders seeking to resolve issues with their ANCSA corporation are encouraged to:

  • review their statutory shareholder rights under AS 10.06;
  • contact their ANCSA corporation directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute for the right you are seeking to exercise);
  • seek legal counsel; and/or
  • exercise your shareholders rights through the: Alaska Court System
12.   Can I get copies of documents filed for record with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing?

Yes, documents filed for record with this Division are available:

NOTE: The Corporations Section of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing is mainly a filing agency. This means, IF an entity provides their filings complete and compliant according to statutes (AS 10.06) and regulations (3 AAC 16) THEN the Corporations Section may file it for record.

IMPORTANT: AS 10.06 does not give the Corporations Section of this Division the jurisdictional authority to adjudicate over issues or concerns regarding an entity’s internal operations. The authority to adjudicate over these issues rests with the Alaska Court System which may, as a result of a court case, issue a court order for whatever action the court deems appropriate

Shareholders seeking to resolve issues with their ANCSA corporation are encouraged to:

  • review their statutory shareholder rights under AS 10.06;
  • contact their ANCSA corporation directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute for the right you are seeking to exercise);
  • seek legal counsel; and/or
  • exercise your shareholders rights through the: Alaska Court System

For anyone with concerns or issues with an entity or ANCSA corporation we encourage you to seek legal counsel.

13.   Can I get copies of ANCSA proxy solicitations and annual reports filed with the Division of Banking and Securities?

Yes.

The Alaska Securities Act (AS 45.55.139) requires corporations organized under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq, with 500 or more shareholders and over $1,000,000 in assets to file their annual reports, proxies, consents or authorizations, proxy statements, and other materials relating to proxy solicitations with the State of Alaska Division of Banking and Securities. Shareholders of these ANCSA corporations are required to file proxy materials as well.

In Anchorage, go to:

Division of Banking and Securities
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1850

They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to review and copy proxy materials that have been filed with the Division of Banking and Securities.

Outside of Anchorage:

Send an email to: ancsa@alaska.gov

Specifically request what materials you would like to receive. Please note that you may be required to pay a fee for large copy requests.

14.   Where can I get copies of the ANCSA corporations’ bylaws?

In addition to the Alaska statutes and regulations which govern ANCSA corporations and shareholders, each individual corporation may have adopted bylaws that further define the rights and requirements of its shareholders.

Bylaws are not required to be filed with the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

Shareholders seeking a copy of an ANCSA’s bylaws, per AS 10.06.233, should contact their corporation directly. For more information go to: Corporations Statutes and Regulations

Alaska Statute 10.06.233. Location and inspection of bylaws.

Each corporation shall keep at its principal executive office in this state or, if its principal executive office is not in this state, at its principal business office in this state, the original or a copy of its bylaws with amendments to date, which shall be open to inspection by the shareholders at all reasonable times during office hours. If the principal executive office of the corporation is outside this state and the corporation has no principal business office in this state, it shall upon the written request of a shareholder furnish to a shareholder a copy of the bylaws with amendments to date.

IMPORTANT: AS 10.06 does not give the Corporation Section of this Division the jurisdictional authority to adjudicate over issues or concerns regarding an entity’s internal operations. The authority to adjudicate over these issues rests with the Alaska Court System which may, as a result of a court case, issue a court order for whatever action the court deems appropriate

Shareholders seeking to resolve issues with their ANCSA corporation are encouraged to:

  • review their statutory shareholder rights under AS 10.06;
  • contact their ANCSA corporation directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute for the right you are seeking to exercise);
  • seek legal counsel; and/or
  • exercise your shareholders rights through the: Alaska Court System

For anyone with concerns or issues with an entity or ANCSA corporation we encourage you to seek legal counsel.

15.   Where can I file a complaint against an ANSCA corporation?

  • For anyone with concerns or issues with an entity or ANCSA corporation:
  • We encourage you to seek legal counsel.


  • Shareholders seeking to resolve issues with their ANCSA corporation:
  • You are encouraged to:

    • review your statutory shareholder rights under AS 10.06;
    • contact your ANCSA corporation directly (tip: submit your request in writing and reference the specific statute for the right you are seeking to exercise);
    • seek legal counsel; and/or
    • exercise your shareholders rights through the Alaska Court System


  • Division of Banking and Securities:
  • IF you believe a violation has occurred, under AS 45.55, which the Division of Banking and Securities has authority to investigate (such as failure to file proxy materials, failure to make required disclosures in proxy materials, false and misleading information in proxy solicitations, etc.), you may file a request for investigation with the Division. Your request must be in writing and submitted on the ANCSA Request for Investigation form or contain the same information as that form requests.

    Once you have completed the Request for Investigation Form, you must sign it, date it, and mail, fax, or email it to the Division. The Division will review your request and determine whether further information is required from you or from the person or persons identified in your request.

    For more ANCSA information go to: State of Alaska Division of Banking and Securities


  • Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing:
  • The Corporation Section of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing is mainly a filing agency. This means, IF an entity provides their filings complete and compliant according to statutes (AS 10.06) and regulations (3 AAC 16) THEN the Corporations Section may file it for record.

    IMPORTANT: AS 10.06 does not give the Corporation Section of this Division the jurisdictional authority to adjudicate over issues or concerns regarding an entity’s internal operations. The authority to adjudicate over these issues rests with the Alaska Court System which may, as a result of a court case, issue a court order for whatever action the court deems appropriate.

    For more information regarding issues which may fall within the jurisdiction of this Division go to: Corporations Complaint Frequently Asked Questions


  • Department of Law/Consumer Protection:
  • The Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General's Office investigates unfair or deceptive business practices and files legal actions on behalf of the State of Alaska to stop such practices. For more information, including how to file a complaint:
    Alaska Consumer Protection Unit