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.

If the Gana-A’Yoo Board of Directors move forward with this ballot initiative at a future date you must be able to answer “yes” to all the criteria below: 

  1. I am a direct descendant by birth of an original Gana-A’Yoo, Limited Class A, B, C or D shareholder who received their shares directly from Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, not through gifting or inheritance. 

  1. I was born after December 18, 1971. 

  1. I have at least one-quarter Alaska Native blood quantum.

  2. I have not enrolled as a descendant in another ANCSA Village Corporation. 

  1. I am a U.S. citizen. 

  1. If you were adopted by one or both parents who are an original Gana-A’Yoo, Limited Class A, B, C, or D shareholder you may be eligible, however, Alaska Native blood quantum CAN ONLY be established through biological parent(s). 

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


1st pop-up prize winner: Christa Theresa Silas

2nd pop-up prize winner: Charlotte M Gowan

$500 prize winner: Walter James Stickman

$500 prize winner: Cheryl Robin Neglaska

GYL October Shareholder Information Meeting

Thank you to the 40 participants at the Gana-A'Yoo Shareholder Information Meeting on Wednesday evening! Thank you to Hazel Lolnitz for kicking off the meeting with a prayer. What a great turn out!

Congratulations to the $50 door prize winners:

Harold Huntington

Aubrey Sommer

Ann Neglaska

Denise Callahan

John Sommer Jr.

We want to hear from our shareholders on the topic of opening enrollment to descendants. We want to hear your opinions and we want to hear your questions. To have your comments featured, please email or call us at (907) 569-9599.

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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