Membership Update - Monday, September 14, 2015
Do we have your current information? We are in the process of bringing all our memberships information to date. Please contact us with your current Legal name, Mailing Address, Contact Number, and Email. Quyanaa! We are also looking to build up the history of our people and who occupied our land. We would greatly appreciate it if all members could fill out the 'Family Tree' form under 'Forms' and send it in via email: info@woodyisland.com, mail: 3449 East Rezanof Drive, Kodiak,AK 99615 or by Fax:(907)486-4829. They will be available for you and your family to see.  


Tangirnaq Native Village
aka Woody Island Tribal Council

Mailing Address: 3449 East Rezanof Drive, Kodiak, AK 99615
Physical Address: 194 Alimaq Drive on Near Island (downstairs from Koniag)
Toll Free: (800) 478-5721 ext. 9872 ~ (907) 486-9872 ~ Fax: (907) 486-4829
General Information: info@woodyisland.com
Scholarship Information: scholarships@woodyisland.com

Mission Statement

The core purpose of Tangirnaq Native Village aka Woody Island Tribal Council is to
enhance the lives of our Tribal members by providing programs and services
while preserving and promoting our culture and traditions.

The Core Values


Spiritual Connection to Place

 Unity and Respect

  Strength through Consensus

Our heritage, our families, our future




Congratulations to our 2015-16 Scholarship Recipients!

Elizabeth Stretcher
Kristen Chester
Brandon Mahle
Kayla Schwartzenburg
Joshua Schwartzenburg
Brittany Hammond
Amanda Kookesh




2016-17 TNV Scholarship applications will be available in late spring, please be sure to check the website if you are interested in applying!

We encourage all enrolled members to enroll their children and eligible family members, to ensure our office maintains accurate membership records. Enrollment forms and information needed to complete the forms are our website page under FORMS. Please call (907) 486-9872 for assistance.



Lesnoi Presidental Message

Twin Creeks/Chiniak Fire - Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I’m certain most, if not all, of you have heard or read about the fire that began the evening of Thursday, August 27 in the Twin Creeks area of Chiniak on Kodiak Island. Leisnoi was notified shortly after the fire began, as it was quickly spreading across Leisnoi lands. Thanks to very strong winds across the Island, the fire burned through the night and into the following day. The State of Alaska Division of Forestry deployed firefighting crews from all over Alaska to Kodiak beginning on Friday, August 28. Leisnoi’s logging contractor, A-1 Timber, was instrumental in helping to combat the fire, providing heavy equipment, operators and professional timber fallers to assist with removing hazard trees, building berms and any other assistance needed. State personnel made comments about how helpful the logging roads were in providing access and combating the fire. The high winds caused the fire to “jump,” and was also referred to as a “mountain top fire,” meaning it would carry from the tops of trees, very high brush or slash piles to its next high spot. There are areas on Leisnoi lands where a slash pile or tops of trees would be burned but the surrounding area remains completely unaffected by the fire; I have learned that in these types of fires that burn from the top down, the fire will consume the fuel source and then either extinguish itself or smolder in that spot. Mother Nature did her part to start diminishing the fire, as the winds began to subside and the fire began to “run out of fuel” as it made its way to the ocean. The 90+ firefighters on site worked vigorously to contain the fire and establish a 300 foot perimeter, as well as focusing on protecting lives and property of those who were affected by the fire. The State continued its efforts through the next week and over Labor Day weekend; by Saturday evening, September 5, a final press release was issued stating that the perimeter of the fire was 98% secured and that the Division of Forestry would be scaling back the number of fire fighters on scene over the holiday weekend. A smaller team will manage the remaining tasks such as rehabilitation of disturbed areas of the fire line and monitoring for any further fire activity within the containment lines. Interesting factoid, the State reported that the Twin Creeks fire was not the largest to occur on Kodiak Island. A State press release explained, “[l]ooking back 65 years into the wildland fire history for Kodiak Island, there are at least three fires that were larger than the Twin Creeks Fire. In 1997, the Moser Bay Fire burned 14,100 acres. In 1953, the Kodiak Fire consumed 13,256 acres, and back in 1950, the Olga Bay Fire was estimated at 6,000 acres.” Of the approximately 4,862 acres of lands affected by this fire, Leisnoi owns all but about 900 acres, which is Kodiak Island Borough property. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Division of Forestry. Leisnoi will receive a copy of the final report and it is anticipated the report will be completed within the next few months. All of the Corporation lands that were burned or affected by the fire had already previously been logged or were not part of the logging project. Logging has resumed and will continue until completion in mid-2016. Many acres that have been replanted as a result of the logging were either burned or are otherwise affected by the fire. It is too early for us to determine exactly to the extent how many replanted acres were damaged and the number of seedlings that were lost. We will be working with the State and other agencies to address this loss and how to remedy it in the near future. Local Leisnoi staff are cooperating with the State of Alaska Division of Forestry to ensure public safety. Toward that end, Corporation lands which were affected by the fire will remain closed to the public until the final crew has left and the area is deemed safe for public access. In closing, Leisnoi would like to express our deepest gratitude to the fire crews that responded from all across the State of Alaska, A-1 Timber, the Red Cross, and to all other agencies and the countless volunteers, who gave selflessly and tirelessly during this difficult time. I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to John Chya, Leisnoi’s Kodiak Operations & Lands Supervisor. John went way above and beyond the call of duty, working long days, driving our lands and roads, serving as Leisnoi’s point of contact, assisting the State, coordinating efforts, and offering any assistance possible. All of the efforts given provided essential support throughout the firefighting effort and although words can never express how deeply grateful we are, we would like to say QUYANAASINAQ (thank you very much)! 
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