Inspired by our Ancestors.

Guided by our Values.

Koniag Energy & Water is a subsidiary of Koniag.

We were formed as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Written into law by Richard Nixon, ANCSA settled the aboriginal land claims of the Alaska Native people by providing money, land and other natural resources to regional and village corporations across the state.

Unlike other for-profit companies, Alaska Native Corporations have a mission and vision that is rooted in Alaska Native values. The Alutiiq value of caring for our community is embedded in everything that we do—every service, decision, and investment is a reflection of our commitment to living our culture. Koniag will continue to celebrate our traditions and values, protect our lands, advocate for our communities, and enrich the lives of our Shareholders, Descendants, and employees at every turn.


At Koniag Energy & Water, our core values are the foundation of everything we do. These values guide our actions and decisions, ensuring that we maintain the highest standards of integrity and trust. We celebrate our Alutiiq heritage and are dedicated to building a lasting legacy for future generations. 

Our approach to leadership is rooted in service, emphasizing active listening, humility, and the empowerment of others. We are committed to being bridge builders, fostering a community of passionate individuals who value collaboration, accountability, and competence. Innovation and quality are at the heart of our growth strategy, and we strive to uphold the highest standards without compromising long-term value for short-term gains.

Integrity & Trust

We have uncompromising expectations of integrity and trust. We communicate and collaborate in the spirit of openness and transparency.We will not tolerate dishonesty or intimidation.

Our Heritage

We celebrate our Alutiiq heritage and values, while building a legacy for generations to come. We will not waver on our commitment to building a 'forever company' making meaningful impact on our Koniag family.

Servant Leadership

We lead through service, active listening, humility, and the empowerment of others.
We will not depend on power and authority.

Bridge Builders

We are a community of passionate people committed to bringing our best selves to work. We value collaboration, accountability, and competence. We will not build silos, we will build bridges.

Innovation & Quality

Innovation is our key to growth. We don't fear change. We hold ourselves to the highest standards. We will not sacrifice long term value for short term gain.


Guided by tradition. Living our culture.

In the Beginning

The Kodiak Alutiiq story began more than 7,500 years ago, when daring paddlers in skin covered boats left the security of the Alaska mainland to explore a distant island. Who were these people? Some think they were the descendants of interior Alaskan caribou hunters who adapted to life on the coast. Others argue that they were members of an ancient seafaring culture with ancestral ties to the shores of Siberia. Whatever the answer, both Alutiiq legends and ancient settlements on the Alaska Peninsula suggest people colonized Kodiak from the west.

From first settlement, Kodiak’s residents were skilled mariners, dependent on the sea for the necessities of life. Over 7,000 years, small, mobile, tent-dwelling bands developed into prosperous, permanent villages through human ingenuity. In response to climate change, population growth, and pressures imposed by neighboring societies, Alutiiqs learned to harvest resources with increasing efficiency. They made more effective hunting tools, captured fish in larger quantities, processed foods for storage, and organized community labor – creating the powerful chiefdoms encountered by Russian traders in the eighteenth century.

Classical Alutiiq Society

By AD 1200, Alutiiq society flourished in every corner of the archipelago. Spread from Shuyak to Tugidak, the population may have reached 10,000. Whaling villages and fishing communities sheltered extended families, who lived in large, multi-roomed sod houses. Chiefs and their families were the central figures of village life. Leaders, who inherited positions of authority from the previous generation, organized labor to ensure the harvest of huge quantities of natural resources for food, barter, and festival. To maintain their prestige, chiefs traveled long distances to visit and trade. In huge open skin boats, a wealth of Kodiak resources – hard black slate, red salmon, bear hides, and spruce root, were transported to the mainland and exchanged for antler, ivory, horn, animal pelts and exotic stone. Peaceful trading was interspersed with conflict. Chiefs initiated raiding parties, traveling hundreds of miles to avenge insult and invade rival communities for plunder and slaves. During the dark winter months, the products of summer subsistence activities, trade, and warfare were invested in the community through public displays of prowess. Priests and shamans— specialists in the arts of ceremony and communication with the powerful spirit world— were hired to organize winter festivals. By honoring the events of the year, displaying their wealth through lavish feasts and gift giving, honoring ancestors, and thanking the spirit world, the Alutiiq elite perpetuated their status and provided for the economic, social, and spiritual needs of their communities.

Cultural Change

Alutiiq society looks much different today. Single-family, ranch-style houses have replaced communal earthen homes, and hunters work from aluminum skiffs rather than skin boats. Family get-togethers feature perok and polkas, the Russian fish pie and Scandinavian dance music of recent immigrants. And Alutiiq villages, like all American communities, are connected to the larger world with airline flights, postal service, cable television and the Internet.

Yet, an Alutiiq way of living persists. Western-style Native corporations act much like traditional chiefs, working for the economic, social, and even spiritual health of their members. Every January, revelers celebrate Russian New Year with a masquerade ball that maintains elements of traditional winter festivals — masking, feasting, dancing, and oration. Fishermen pull halibut from icy waters with tackle that is essentially the same as handcrafted rigging used for more than 5,000 years. And Elders light seal oil lamps at cultural events that are identical to the stone vessels that illuminated Kodiak for its first settlers.

Alutiiq identity is a marriage of genealogy, worldview, and experience that transcend the inevitable changes of time that influence, but do not define, all societies. The journey that began long ago continues today.


This cultural history was provided by the Alutiiq Museum.

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