Kodiak museum benefits from Rasmuson grant

Boats fill the harbor in Kodiak, the third-most profitable fishing port in the nation. (Photo by Phil Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage).

A $1.8 million grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation will help renovate and expand the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak.

The grant, among more than two dozen grants announced Monday, Dec. 6, by the Rasmuson Foundation will help the museum to expand space for Alutiiq language programs, arts and crafts, community events and proper storage of artifacts.

Multiple funding sources for this long-awaited expansion also included contributions from the Kodiak Area Native Association, Koniag Inc., and a large bequest from an anthropologist who is a former Kodiak resident. The museum received an $8 million award in October from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trust, foundation officials noted.

This largest slate of grant awards in the foundation’s 66-year history will support projects from Kotzebue to Ketchikan, to promote economic development, recreational opportunities, educational programs for children and more.

Another Copper River region grant winner was the Native Village of Tazlina, which received $50,000 to help the tribe acquire ancestral homelands for cultural use conservation, restoration and community development. The Tribe plans to secure subsistence fishing sites and eventually build a meeting hall, tribal college, community hall and church.