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Sven Haakanson, Sr.

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Sven Haakanson, Sr.

Sven Haakanson, Sr. was born in 1934 on Kodiak Island, where he made his home until his death in 2002. He was the long-time mayor of Old Harbor (27 years) and president of the Old Harbor Tribal Council. He founded the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA), served on the boards of several Kodiak corporations and organizations, and developed a Sugpiaq cultural values program. In 2004, the Kodiak airport was renamed in his honor. [Last updated in 2006]