A big hunk of land that was sold to the USA immediately after the American Civil War by Russia in order to prevent Britain/Canada getting their hands on it. This was, of course, before the Russians found out it had oil and gold. Much of what remains of the North American Western coast belongs to this state with the exception of the bit between the 'Panhandle' and Washington State. Due to the order of where their bid was when statehood was extended to both them and Hawaii, it is the 49th state, whereas the latter became the 50th state.
Alaska is the only U.S. state to have a serious modern-day independence movement. It surfaced after the end of the first world war and during the early 1920s.
Shurik, while not an Alaskan native, had lived there for some time in the 1980s and early 1990s.
General_Paul Like Shurik not an Alaska native, lived there in the 1990's and in 2013. Family currently resides in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Jahenders had lived for several years in Alaska, back in the day.