Passing culture on to next generation excites Tansy

Published October 2016

Roy Tansy Sr.

Veteran Board member Roy Tansy Sr. says the decisions the Board makes today will benefit generations to come.

Tansy, who now lives in Fairbanks, has three children – all grown up now, of course – and 11 grandchildren. He was married for 41 years to the love of his life.

What tribe are you with?
Native Village of Cantwell (Yidateni Na’). My clan is the Naltsiine (Big Sky Clan).

Describe your family lineage, childhood and/or inspirations (memories, teachings, lessons).
I was born in Cantwell in 1934. I have four sisters, one of whom has passed away, and two brothers, both of whom have passed away. I grew up hunting and fishing in the Brushkana area. I had my first dog sled when I was 12 years old. My dad taught me to take care of my guns, tools and how to live off of the land.

What excites you the most about the Board’s work?
Working on regional development projects that will provide benefits to the shareholders, promote growth to the region and bring work opportunities to our people. Seeing the next generation take over the company and passing on our culture and traditions.

What do you want all shareholder-owners to know about the Board?
That the Board is working hard for the shareholders and that we are listening to their needs. We also want them to know that we are not just planning for tomorrow or next year, but for the generations to follow.

Can you tell me more about your work history and community involvement?
Early Warning Protection for Military Air Force during the Cold War; Alaska Road Commission; President, Ahtna Development; Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; Board of Directors, Fairbanks Native Association; President, Native Village of Cantwell; Board of Directors, Tanana Chiefs Conference.


Roy Tansy Sr., granddaughter Elli and son, Roy Tansy Jr., are all smiles at a birthday party Roy Tansy Sr., granddaughter Elli and son, Roy Tansy Jr., are all smiles at a birthday party.

Sister Jane Nicholas and her husband Gregory sit on the couch with Roy while Roy’s other sister, Helga Wiebe and husband Ray, pose behind them.Sister Jane Nicholas and her husband Gregory sit on the couch with Roy while Roy’s other sister, Helga Wiebe and husband Ray, pose behind them.