Doyon, Limited Welcomes the Denali National Park Improvement Act
Washington, D.C. – September 18, the President of the United States signed into law the “Denali National Park Improvement Act.” The new law allows Doyon Tourism, Inc., a subsidiary of Doyon, Limited the right to exchange ten acres of land owned in the Denali National Park and Preserve with the National Park Service in a value-for-value exchange. Furthermore, the law authorizes the Secretary of Interior to issue permits for a micro-hydroelectric project in the Kantishna Hills area of the Park. These changes allow Doyon, Limited to facilitate construction of a hydro power project that will reduce dependence on diesel fuel and lower the associated costs at Doyon Tourism’s Kantishna Roadhouse by using renewable energy technology.
Doyon, Limited also supported and advocated for the provision of the bill which authorizes the renaming of the National Park Service’s Talkeetna Ranger Station to the Walter Harper Talkeetna Ranger Station. Marking the 100-year anniversary this past summer, the name change was made in honor of Walter Harper, the Athabascan climber who was the first to successfully summit Denali.
“The Denali National Park Improvement Act shows the commitment by Doyon, Limited to work with the National Park Service, the Alaska Congressional Delegation, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the conservation community for legislative changes that benefit Alaskans, and celebrate the successes of our ancestors. We are very excited with the passage of this bill and want to thank our two Senators and Congressman for their hard work getting this bill passed,” said Doyon President and CEO, Aaron Schutt.
Headquartered in Fairbanks, Doyon, Limited has more than 18,700 shareholders and was established under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Doyon, one of the top 10 Alaska-owned companies, is also the largest private landholder in Alaska and one of the largest in North America. Its mission is the continually enhance its position as a financially strong Native corporation in order to promote the economic and social well-being of its shareholders and future shareholders, to strengthen its Native way of life, and to protect and enhance its land and resources.
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