Calista Corporation Mourns the Loss of Representative Don Young

Given Yup’ik Name Alulaq (Steering Wheel or Tiller) for His Leadership

March 19, 2022

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Calista Corporation leadership sends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of U.S. Representative Don Young, who passed away Friday at the age of 88.

“We join the thousands of Alaskans who mourn the passing of a great man who meant so much to so many people,” said Andrew Guy, Calista Corp. President/CEO. “Representative Young was a fierce advocate for the people of the Yukon Kuskokwim Region, and for all Alaska Native people.

“Years ago we gave him the Yup’ik name Alulaq, which means steering wheel or tiller. As a former boat captain this fit Representative Young. This also fit him because he listened to our needs and he took them back to Washington, D.C. Don Young never forgot us, and always fought for what he believed was right. We will miss him representing us in Congress, but more than that, will miss our friend. We take comfort in the legacy he leaves behind, and the fact that his hard work made Alaska what it is today.”

Calista Corporation and Yukon-Kuskokwim regional organizations visit Rep. Don Young (February 2019).


Calista is comprised of more than 35,000 Alaska Native Shareholders from 56 villages spread out along the Bering Sea coast and two of Alaska’s mightiest rivers—the Yukon and Kuskokwim. It is the largest regional Alaska Native corporation based on the number of its Shareholders and is the parent company of more than 30 subsidiaries in the following industries: defense contracting, construction, real estate, environmental services, natural resource development, marine transportation, oilfield services, and heavy equipment sales, service and rentals. Since 1994, Calista has provided more than $5.5 million in scholarships to its Shareholders and Descendants. Since inception, Calista has declared more than $89.3 million in dividends and distributions, and $9.2 million in Elders’ Benefit Program distributions to Shareholders. Calista can be found on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.