Calista Land Entitlement and Natural Resources
Calista Corporation’s land entitlement comprises 6.5 million acres in the Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) River Delta and the Kuskokwim Mountains. Most of this land is split estate where the village corporation owns the surface estate and Calista owns the subsurface. The region’s 56 villages selected the bulk of these lands near their villages based primarily on subsistence needs. Calista’s entitlement also includes 264,000 acres of fee estate lands where Calista owns both surface and subsurface rights. Much of the fee estate entitlement is prospective for precious metal mineral resources.
The region Calista Corporation serves is a vast and beautiful corner of the world. Tucked between two of Southwest Alaska’s mightiest rivers – the Yukon and the Kuskokwim – this unique isolated area is the traditional home of the state’s indigenous Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Athabascan people, our Shareholders.
Size – Massive and Remote
- 58,000 square miles – about the size of New York State
- About 10 percent of Alaska’s entire land area
- Second largest ANCSA region in land size
- No roads outside of the Region
- No rail service
- Land entitlement to Calista is only 6.5 million acres – less than 20 percent of the land area
- Approximately 75 percent of the land within the Region is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Most remaining lands are owned by federal and state governments, with a very small amount privately owned
Authority for Native allotments is designated to the organization affiliated with the tribal enrollment of the allotted individuals. Calista is not responsible for the transfer of Native allotments owned by individuals in the Calista Region.