ALASKA NATIVE OWNED

In 2019, Alaska Village Initiatives partnered with Alaska Tribal Broadband to provide technical and engineering support for tribes participating in AVI’s consortium application to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration – Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program grant. This group of tribes in partnership with AVI for NTIA Infrastructure and Deployment resources are simply known as the “AVI Consortium” and consists of 30 tribes from around the state.

These tribes are:

Native Village of Afognak

Allakaket Village

Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Government

Native Village of Belkofski

Native Village of Brevig Mission

Cheesh-Na Tribe

Chevak Native Village

Clarks Point

Emmonak Village

Native Village of Gakona

Native Village of Hamilton

Native Village of Hooper Bay

Hughes Village

Huslia Village

Village of Kalskag

Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove

Native Village of Kipnuk

Native Village of Larsen Bay

Manokotak Village Council

Mentasta Traditional Council

Native Village of Teller

Native Village of Nightmute

Nikolai Village

Noorvik Native Community

Native Village of Paimiut

Pitka’s Point Traditional Council

Portage Creek Village Council

Native Village of Tununak

Native Village of Unalakleet

Village of Venetie

In 2020, AVI again partnered with Alaska Tribal Broadband to assist with outreach, planning and engineering support for tribes applying to the Department of Treasury’s Capital Projects Fund grant, a no-compete grant intended to prepare tribes for deployment of infrastructure and broadband.

These tribes are:

Manokotak Village Council

Hughes Village

Native Village of Brevig Mission

Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove

Native Village of Hamilton

Native Village of Venetie

Native Village of Tununak

Native Village of Belkofski

Native Village of Unalakleet

Cheesh-Na Tribe

Emmonak Village

Chevak Native Village

Allakaket Village

Village of Kalskag

Native Village of Larsen Bay

Nikolai Village

Noorvik Native Community

Portage Creek Village Council

Native Village of Barrow


Craig Fleener, ATB’s CEO, is an Alaska Native from Fort Yukon.  He has extensive experience in Alaska state government.  From 2014 to 2018, he served in the Office of the Governor as Senior Advisor on Arctic Policy, and represented the governor and the State of Alaska in Washington DC as Director of State and Federal Relations. 

Brad has more than 25 years of management experience working in the for-profit and regional nonprofit business sectors throughout Alaska. Most recently, Brad has served as president of an Alaska Native village corporation, where he oversaw stakeholder and public relations, all aspects of corporate affairs, and management of the government-services holding company.

Wayne has over 30 years in the Telecommunications industry deploying and operating national, regional, municipal and tribal networks. He held senior management positions ranging from start-ups to some of the most well-known companies in the nation and maintains PMP certification.