Published on December 11, 2013 by Amy
Georgetown is located on the Kuskokwim River, in the Kilbuck-Kuskokwim Mountains, at its convergence with the George River. Georgetown Tribal Council (GTC) is the governing body for the federally recognized tribe of the Native Village of Georgetown, Alaska. Under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971, 38 individuals enrolled, securing GTC’s status as a federally recognized tribe. GTC has since enrolled children of original descendants, which brings current tribal membership to 120+.
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Though the enrollees are scattered for economic reasons, they retain a strong connection to their land and desire repopulate Georgetown. As mining declined, members were forced to leave Georgetown due to lack of employment opportunities. Nearly 80% of members still live in the area, with 42 members living in Bethel and another 36 in other nearby Kuskokwim River villages. It wasn’t until the passage of ANCSA (click here for Alaska Native Claims Settlement info) and the opportunity to take ownership of ancestral lands, that former Georgetown residents and their descendants had an opportunity to plan to move back home.
Georgetown, was formed on April 25, 1977 when ten ANCSA village corporations within the Middle Kuskokwim region, including Georgetown Incorporated, merged. TKC owns most of the surface estate of the land surrounding the village of Georgetown. Most members of Georgetown are shareholders in TKC. The Kuskokwim Corporation’s mission is to pursue economic opportunities that ensure the profitability and growth of TKC, while protecting heritage, informing shareholders, and promoting education amongst our present and future generations.
The Calista Corporation is the ANSCA regional corporation for the Native Village of Georgetown Calista owns most of the subsurface estate of the lands surrounding the village of Georgetown and most Georgetown members are Calista shareholders.