William L. Hensley
Willie Hensley is Manager of Federal Government Relations for Alyeska
Pipeline Service Company, the organization that operates and maintains
the 800-mile Trans -Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). He has been with
Alyeska for almost four years. He was appointed to head the Washington,
D. C. office of Alyeska in August 1998.
Willie was born in Kotzebue, a small community in Northwest Alaska about
40 miles above the Arctic Circle. His family lived on the Noatak River
delta and lived by hunting, fishing and trapping.
Prior to his employment with Alyeska, Hensley was appointed Commissioner
of Commerce and Economic Development by Governor Tony Knowles. As Commerce
Commissioner, Hensley was responsible for state involvement in tourism
and seafood marketing, international trade, insurance, banking and securities
as well as occupational licensing. He also served on the Oil and Gas
Policy Council, the Board of Directors of the Alaska Permanent Fund
Corporation, the Alaska Railroad Corporation and the Alaska Industrial
Hensley was a founder of NANA Regional Corporation, served as a director
for 20 years and concluded his career there as President. While at NANA,
he directed its involvement in the oilfield services area, most specifically
in the environmental services and drilling ventures. He was also active
in the development of the world's largest lead and zinc mine, Red Dog.
He was a founder of Maniilaq, the regional non-profit representing the
tribes in the Kotzebue region, and was involved in the formation of
the Alaska Federation of Natives and served as executive director, President
Hensley wrote a paper in a constitutional law course at the University
of Alaska in 1966 titled "What
Rights to Land have the Alaska Natives: The Primary Issue"
which encapsulated the land claims issue and provided the background
that many Native Alaskans needed to take action to begin the land claims
Hensley graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.
C. with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics.
Following graduation, Hensley was elected to the Alaska State House
of Representatives where he served four years and was elected to the
Senate for a four-year term. He was appointed by Governor Steve Cowper
to the Senate again in 1987. Hensley also served as Chairman of the
Capitol Site Selection Committee under Governor Jay Hammond, Chairman
of the Land Claims Task Force under Governor Walter Hickel.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Koahnic Broadcasting,
a member of the Board of Trustees of Charter College and a member of
the Board of Trustees of the First Alaskans Foundation.
On Alaskool by Willie Hensley:
Rights to Land Have the Alaska Natives?: The Primary Issue"
- May 1966
Testimony at pre-ANCSA hearings - October 1969
Speech - "Why the Natives of Alaska
Have a Land Claim" - November 1969
Bilingual Conference Speech
- February, 1981
and Formation of the Northwest Alaska Native Association" -