The Kodiak Area Native Association was formed in 1966 as a 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation providing health and social services for the Alaska Natives of the Koniag region. The Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA) service area includes the City of Kodiak and six Alaska Native villages: Akhiok, Karluk, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Port Lions, and Larsen Bay.
Historically, nonprofit corporations such as KANA were formed throughout Alaska after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was enacted. The ANCSA settlement is an agreement between the United States Government and the Alaska Native Tribes. The ANCSA legislation distributed land to regional and village entities to establish for-profit corporations. Each of the regional profit corporations formed a separate non-profit corporation to assist their members with health and social service needs. KANA exists through the resolutions of the Tribal Governments of the Koniag region, under P.L. 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination Act. KANA is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors.
Services provided by KANA include an Ambulatory Medical Care and Dental Care, Pharmacy, Contract Health, Community Health Aide Program, Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention/Outreach, Social Services, non-clinical community Mental Health, and Youth Prevention Projects. Other services provided by the organization include Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program, Vocational Rehabilitation, Early Childhood programs, Education, Employment and Training programs, Infant Learning Program, a full service Fitness Center and Tribal Operations/Environmental Health.
The Mission of this tribal organization is to elevate the quality of life of the people we serve.