Following the tragic 1989 EXXON-Valdez Oil Spill, an opportunity to fund museum construction arose. KANA secured $1.5 million from the oil spill trustee council to build a state of the art repository, a place to care for artifacts from the spill area. Construction for the facility began in the spring of 1994, in collaboration with Natives of Kodiak, Inc. The Alutiiq Museum opened to the public on May 13, 1995 under the governance of the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation. A representative from KANA and each of Kodiak's ANCSA corporations formed the board of directors. Collections from KANA's cultural center were moved to the new building and became the foundation for the museum's exhibits, programs, events, and publications.
Breaking ground for the Alutiiq Center Building. With shovels, from left: Carl Rosier (Commisioner of Fish and Game), Hank Eaton, Nancy Anderson, Governor Walter Hickel, and Peter Olsen. On platform, Father John Zabinko, Tony Drabek, Gordon Pullar Sr., Jerome Selby, Rita Stevens, and First Lady Ermalee Hickel.