AKGenWeb Project is a free family history website, providing
information about the history of Alaska and Alaskan ancestors. It serves
as a gateway to the project's borough and census area websites, where
focus lies on the history and genealogy of each area. We hope you find
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Alaska became the 49th State 03 Jan 1959. Juneau is the capital.
The government of Alaska in common with state and federal governments
of the United States, has three branches of government: the executive,
consisting of the Governor of Alaska and the state agencies; the state
legislature consisting of two chambers, the House of Representatives and
the Senate; (There are 40 House Districts and 20 Senate Districts) and
the judiciary consisting of the Supreme court and lower courts.
Alaska has 246 federally recognized tribal governments and one federal
Indian (Native American) reservation.
Alaska is divided into 16 boroughs (including unified municipalities), as opposed to "counties."
The function is the same, but whereas some states use a three-tiered
system of decentralization — state/county/township — most of Alaska only
uses two tiers — state/borough. Owing to the state's low population
density, most of the land is located in the Unorganized Borough which,
as the name implies, has no intermediate borough government of its own,
but is administered directly by the state government. For
statistical purposes the United States Census Bureau divided this
territory into census areas.
Alaska's state motto, "North to the Future," was adopted in 1967 during the Alaska Purchase Centennial.
The motto is meant to represent Alaska as a land of promise. Suggested by journalist Richard Peter, who stated the motto
"... is a reminder that beyond the horizon of urban clutter there is a Great Land beneath our flag that can
provide a new tomorrow for this century's 'huddled masses yearning to be free'."