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Ahtna Kanas Spring 2021

MyAhtna Portal: Shareholder Submission

One of the many perks and benefits of registering with the MyAhtna portal is you can submit news for the Kanas. Visit

Pursuing Higher Education

Submitted by shareholder Kenneth Eugene Johnson:

My son Seth Johnson is a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He received a full scholarship for a degree in engineering through the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), which he has been a part of since he was in junior high school. I just talked to him and he plans on receiving his master’s degree in engineering in five years. He stated that he might pursue his PhD after. My oldest son Nathan is a Navy Seal who is also getting his master’s degree, and my daughter received her master’s degree many years ago. She was on her way to a PhD when Byron Mallott recruited her to serve in government. She is now the Alaska Native Policy Center Director with First Alaskans Institute. We pray that our children are smarter than us.
I thank Lord God for answering my prayers.

Audrey Ann Juliussen Accepted into Medicine Program

Submitted by shareholder Lucille Lincoln:

Audrey Ann Juliussen has been accepted into the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI Program and will be starting her classes in the fall, sometime in August. Audrey Ann is a graduate of Stanford University in California and an Ahtna and Kluti-Kaah shareholder. Her proud family members include parents Robert Juliussen and the late April L. Juliussen, brother Jens Robert Juliussen (also an Ahtna and Kluti-Kaah shareholder), grandparents Lucille and Arnold Lincoln and the late Wilbur Finnesand, Aunties Pamela Finnesand and Audrey L. Morlock, and Uncle Calvin J. Finnesand.

Chelsea Johns Graduates and Accepts Nursing Position

Submitted by Shareholder Enrichment:

Ahtna shareholder Chelsea Johns graduated in December from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science. She recently accepted a position as a nurse at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Chelsea is a member of the Taltsiine (water) clan and Native Village of Kluti-Kaah. Her parents are Aaron Johns and Joyann Komakhuk. Her paternal grandparents are the late Harry Johns Jr. and late Thelma Johns. Her maternal grandparents are Dolly Komakhuk and the late Peter Reamey.