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Minto, Alaska

Minto is located off the Elliott Highway about 138 road miles northwest of Fairbanks, in Alaska’s Interior. It is developing cultural tourism opportunities and is known for world-class Pike fishing, vast forested lands, abundant resources, and especially for warm, resilient people.

The Native Village of Minto was formed around 1903 and was federally chartered by the Indian Reorganization Act on December 30, 1939.  The Tribal Council has five members, including the First and Second Chiefs.

When the Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) in 1971, it provided for each Native Village to form an ANCSA Corporation, and the Corporation was given settlement lands. The ANCSA Village Corporation for Minto is the Seth-De-Ya-Ah Corporation (or, “Seth Corp”) and was entitled to 110,000 acres.  Seth-De-Ya-Ah was incorporated on July 30, 1973.

Minto Development Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Seth-De-Ya-Ah Corporation and formed on April 4, 2003. Over the years, MDC has been engaged in multiple enterprises, most notably mining core box manufacturing and providing Wilderness Survival Specialists, or “Bear Guards,” for the oil and gas industry, and most recently for the mining exploration. 

MDC has an independent governing board comprised of five of the nine Seth Corp board members. Each Director serves a three-year term and officers are elected annually. MDC and Seth Corp boards have recently restructured their organizations in order to better meet the demands of today’s business climate.

Through a series of combined Strategic Planning meetings in 2015 through 2017, MDC has been tasked to engage itself in innovative, profitable and diversified products and services “that are breaking trail for future generations in a global marketplace,” that will provide Seth Corp shareholders opportunities and work-force development, and provide the Native Village of Minto a direct or indirect benefit in order to nurture a vibrant, healthy, and economically connected and self-reliant community for future generations.

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Board of Directors






Bessie Titus, President & Chair

Term Expires: May 2019



Tanna Carter, Vice-Chair

Term Expires: May 2020








Bertina Titus, Secretary & Treasurer

Term Expires: May 2020






Pearl Chanar, Director

Term Expires: May 2021






Carlos Frank, Sr., Director, Tene Hut’aane LLC Management Committee Representative

Term Expires: May 2020






Doug Isaacson, CEO

Businessman, Entrepreneur, Government Leader, Father, Grandfather…MDC’s CEO enjoys building opportunities that benefit communities for generations!




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