Matanuska Glacier, AK
Photo by Stacey Matteson | Umialik Employee

A Brief History of Umialik


Umialik Insurance Company was founded in 1981 when the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation in Utqiagvik, Alaska saw a need for Native-owned insurance services. Umialik is Inupiaq for “Captain” – both as a captain of a whaling ship and as a leader in the community.

In 1981, our first policy was issued to an Alaskan Native corporation for a property in Utqiagvik. Since then, our focus has remained on offering insurance products for Alaskans, by Alaskans.

Our local underwriting and claims staff have the knowledge and expertise to write insurance coverage specifically tailored for Alaskans and Alaskan businesses. We offer both commercial and personal insurance products throughout the state, and we sell these products exclusively through professional Independent Insurance Agents.

In 2011, we became part of the Western National Insurance Group, expanding our product offerings and increasing our financial strength and stability. We currently have an “A+” (Superior) X rating from A.M. Best, the insurance industry’s premier rating organization.

Today, Umialik Insurance Company employs more than 47 employees and continues to grow. Our office is based in Anchorage, Alaska, and we take pride in our history. Alaska is where we live, work, and play.

We are proud to serve our local communities and sponsor events such as the March of Dimes for Babies, the Armed Forces YMCA Combat Veterans Fishing Tournament, and the Midnight Sun Fun Run in Fairbanks, which benefits children, adults, and seniors with disabilities in Interior Alaska. We also continue to sponsor events around the state in conjunction with the Independent Insurance Agents with whom we partner.

Alaska is our beginning, our focus, and our future.


View our Company History flyer.