Open Enrollment

As your village corporation, we believe it is important to listen and respond to the questions, concerns, needs and ideas of our shareholders. Based on the discussion from the Shareholder Information Meeting on January 20, 2021, the Gana-A'Yoo Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone the vote of opening enrollment to descendants born after December 18, 1971 from May 2021 to May 2022. This was a difficult decision; however, we are committed to making sure this is the correct decision for our shareholders.    

Since 2017, Gana-A'Yoo, Limited has met with regional corporations who have passed open enrollment to learn what to do and not to do for our shareholders. There were two surveys sent out, four special newsletters dedicated to discussing open enrollment, shareholder meetings, and outreach to educate shareholders on open enrollment. In August of 2018, Gana-A’Yoo’s President and CEO presented on our progress at a village corporation training to several villages throughout our region and there was great dialogue from different corporations. Over the next 14 months we will have quarterly shareholder information meetings, school outreach, a census to determine as closely as possible the amount of eligible shareholders, another survey, and continued outreach and education for shareholders.  

Board Recommendations

The Gana-A’Yoo, Limited Board of Directors recommends awarding 25 shares to eligible descendants with a one-quarter blood quantum. These shares are life estate. Shares are non-voting until the shareholder is 18 years of age. New shares will be awarded up to 100,000 additional shares or a timeframe of 10 years, whichever comes first.

Eligibility: The Amendment would open enrollment to eligible individuals who are determined to be:

  1. A natural born child or adoptee of a Native who is at least one-quarter Alaska Native blood quantum, as defined by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act ("ANCSA") who was an original shareholder of Class A, B, C, or D Settlement Common Stock of the Corporation, or the natural born child or adoptee of a shareholder of new Class E Settlement Common Stock.

  2. A Native (as defined by ANCSA) with a minimum of ¼ degree blood quantum Born after December 18, 1971.

  3. A citizen of the United States.

  4. Cannot be the holder of the stock of another ANCSA village corporation unless such shares were received through gift or inheritance.

Note: In all instances, the shares must have been received directly from the Corporation and not through gifting or inheritance.

Gana-A'Yoo May Shareholder Information Meetings

The Gana-A'Yoo board, committee representatives, and management are visiting to talk to you! There will be door prizes, snacks, information on your corporation, discussion regarding the open enrollment ballot initiative, and a notary to assist with updating your records! Shareholders and descendants, we hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 3

  • Fairbanks | La Quinta Inn & Suites, Fairbanks Airport | 5:30 pm

Wednesday, May 4

  • Koyukuk Community Hall | 11:30 am
  • Nulato Community Hall | 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 5

  • Kaltag Community Hall | 11:30 am
  • Galena Community Hall | 7:00 pm

GYL Shareholder Census

As your village corporation, we are always interested in learning more about our shareholders and descendants, especially during these recent times when we were unable to gather in person for Shareholder Information events. This census is to gather information from current shareholders to better understand the potential number of eligible descendants if Gana-A’Yoo was to open enrollment. The information provided will also be helpful in identifying and creating future opportunities and programs for shareholders and descendants. The census form can be downloaded here and returned at one of the options below: 

Mail: 1001 E. Benson Blvd., Ste. 201, Anchorage, AK 99508.

Fax: 907.569.9699


Open Enrollment Information

We encourage you to learn more about the topic of opening enrollment by reviewing the documents to the right under Resources. 

Please watch your mailbox, the Gana-A’Yoo website, and our Facebook page for more information.


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Please contact Alexis Sheeder at (907) 569-9599 or email, or fill out and submit the form below.

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