Kookesh’s Family Says He’s Doing Better

Sealaska officials say board Chairman Albert Kookesh is making slow but steady progress as he recovers from a Monday heart attack.

The Juneau-based regional Native corporation posted an online update this afternoon after speaking to his family. It says Kookesh has become more awake and alert during the past 48 hours and has been able to communicate with his family.

Sealaska says his strength is slowly returning.

Also, Providence Alaska Medical Center today upgraded his condition from critical to serious.

Kookesh served 16 years in the state House and Senate. The Tlingit leader from Angoon also co-chairs the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Family members have asked that no flowers be sent, since he is allergic. They have also requested friends and associates wait until he recovers further before trying to contact him.

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