JUNEAU, Alaska -

The chairman of the Sealaska board of directors is stepping down.

Former state Sen. Albert Kookesh says he will keep his seat on the board but will no longer be chairman.

The Juneau Empire reports Kookesh has held the chairman's job for 14 years.

Sealaska is the regional native corporation for southeast Alaska. Kookesh announced the change on the corporation's website.

He says he has recovered from a heart attack in March but that the episode has required him to cut back on work commitments.

The Angoon Democrat also served as co-chairman of the Alaska Federation of Natives for 14 years but did not seek re-election at the AFN annual convention in October.