Alaska Native settlement leaders set to retire

Two Inupiat Eskimo men who were leaders of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act are set to retire this year.

Oliver Leavitt, 64, has served with Arctic Slope Regional Corp. for 35 years. He will retire from his post as vice president at the end of the month.

Willie Hensley, 66, is retiring from his job at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., a consortium that runs the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He has worked for the Alaska Federation of Natives and NANA Regional Corp.

"They were the founders, the supporters of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act," Sheri Buretta, chairwoman of Chugach Alaska Corp. and a director of the Alaska Federation of Natives, told The Anchorage Daily News.

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