Sunday, August 8, 2011

NANA profits shine with longtime diversification strategy

A strategic business plan adopted in the mid-1990s by NANA Regional Corp. for its business subsidiary, NANA Development Corp., has served the company well through the ups and downs of the economy, including the sharp national recession that began in 2009.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Koniag strives for steady growth with base in technology

Kodiak is an emerald gem of an island across Shelikof Straits and off Alaska's southern coast. It is home to big salmon, bigger bears, wild buffalo, a thriving commercial fisheries port and a commercial rocket launch facility.

Judge approves $3.4B settlement over Indian royalties

A federal judge on June 27 approved a $3.4 billion settlement over mismanaged Indian royalties in a case that represents the largest class-action settlement ever approved against the U.S. government.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ANCSA land conveyances crawl along

More than 50 years since statehood and 40 years since the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and the process for patenting land transfers from the federal government continues to plod along.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tlingit spiritual leader Walter Soboleff dies at 102

Long time Juneau and Alaska Tlingit spiritual leader, elder statesman, and native icon Walter Soboleff died early May 22 in his home, surrounded by family.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tenakee Springs opposes Sealaska geothermal site

Sealaska and the Inside Passage Electrical Cooperative are attempting studies in geothermal power in Tenakee Inlet, but others in Tenakee are not pleased at this prospect.

Beginnings of Native Hawaiian government agreed on

Laying the foundation for a Native Hawaiian government, lawmakers agreed on legislation that grants them recognition as the indigenous people of the state.

Crazy Horse operations director dies at 55

Anne Ziolkowski Christensen, the sixth child of Crazy Horse Memorial president and chief executive Ruth Ziolkowski and the late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, died May 6 at her home on the memorial grounds, her family said in a statement. She was 55

Thursday, April 28, 2011
   Chugach charted path to 8(a) successes

April 21, 2011

Twins take parallel paths to success with ANCs

Sitting in a new office building in south Anchorage April 15, brothers Ethan and Aaron Schutt share laughter and stories of their youth as they reminisce about the past.

April 17, 2011

Alaska Native groups get creative to gain tourists

Alaska Natives have established a solid foundation in the state's tourism industry, captivating visitors with their dances and songs, their art and a history as varied as the tribes themselves.

Proponents defend ANC contracting program in Congressional hearing

Special federal contracting privileges afforded to Alaska Native corporations have drawn widespread allegations of fraud and abuse, but tribal entities in the Lower 48 who share those privileges so far have been largely neglected from the debate.

April 3, 2011

CIRI defies recession, maintains profits

If ever there were a bad hand of cards dealt, it was that given to Cook Inlet Region Inc. when Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971.

Alaska Native Medical Center readies to expand ~ again

With a series of ongoing renovations, a master plan intended to expand services at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage is under way.

Friday, March 18, 2011
   Technology makes Native care accessible

March 20, 2011

Technology makes Native care accessible

An Alaska original has made it from the Last Frontier to the Final Frontier. The state has seen plenty of hardware blasted into outer space from the Kodiak Launch Complex, which has put satellites in orbit and test-fired interceptors in missile defense tests.

March 4, 2011

Calista Corp. aims to cut dependence on 8(a)s, add jobs

Things are going well for Calista Corp., the Alaska Native regional corporation for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Southwest Alaska. Revenues are up significantly and profits are steady.

February 20, 2011

ANCs get new 8(a) regulations

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced a series of regulations Feb. 11 that will address some, but not all, of the criticisms levied at the way Alaska Native corporations utilize a federal sole-source contracting program meant for small, disadvantaged businesses.

February 6, 2011

Bering Straits' financial troubles behind them, eyes more growth

Bering Straits Native Corp. of Nome has come out from under a cloud of financial worries from earlier problems. "That is now behind us," said Bering Straits President and CEO Gail Schubert.

January 2, 2011

Bristol Bay Native Corp. posts near-record 2010 fiscal year

Hard times? Economic uncertainties? What could those be?

December 19, 2010

Native leader explains why Tlingit education is good for all

Tlingit educational values have kept its clans alive since before European contact in Alaska, and Tlingit leaders recognize how the pillars of that education are important to Native and non-Native students alike, a speaker discussing Native education said.

Beyond the numbers, ANCSA changes lives throughout rural Alaska

In their annual financial reports, Alaska Native regional corporations frequently brag about the boon they've provided to their shareholders and communities, citing large numbers associated with scholarship awards, donations to charitable organizations and dividend payments.

December 5, 2010

ASRC helped inspire, prosper from Native claims settlement

Over four decades, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act has brought millions of acres of lands into private ownership and hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment capital into Alaska.

AFN craft fair offers lucrative opportunity for Native artists

People flanked the table on all sides, picking up the little nondescript containers of creamy balms, sniffing and testing them out.

November 21, 2010

ANCs strive to bring jobs to villages

Board meetings can be boring, but one topic always livens up the room at NANA Regional Corp. — job opportunities for shareholders.

Former engineer, Mighell now lives the life of an artist

When Ed Mighell walked away from his career as an engineer, he gave up a lot: a high salary, a Jeep Cherokee and even his marriage.

November 7, 2010

Foundation aims to keep the history in the heart of its people

Ahtna's heritage foundation, formed in 1986 as a 503(c)3 nonprofit, operates independently of the for-profit Ahtna Inc., with its own board of directors. This allows the regional corporation to focus on business, and the foundation to focus on education, cultural advocacy, and historical preservation.

Ahtna buffeted by recession but still shows growth, profit

2009 was not an easy year for Ahtna Inc., the Alaska Native regional corporation for the Copper River area.

Alaska Native to serve as federal advisor for indigenous issues

When the announcement was made, the excitement among the crowd of thousands of Alaska Native people at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks last month was palpable.

October 14, 2010

A yearlong series looking into ANCSA: 40 years later

After a millennia of living in the Great Land, the indigenous peoples of what is now Alaska had become familiar with change – the Russians, the English, missionaries, gold seekers, fur traders, the disease and death.

Aleut Corp. defies recession, shows strong growth in revenues, profits

The Aleut Corp.'s region covers more water than actual land.

ANCSA paved way for Alaska Natives, state to prosper together

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services enforcement officer Harry Pinkham got more than he bargained for when he arrested a couple Iñupiat hunters for shooting ducks around Barrow in May 1961

Timeline to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

Dena'ina historian struggles to create awareness of his people

Aaron Leggett's work as cultural historian at the Alaska Native Heritage Center is more than just a job. It is the continuation of his life's mission: to learn more about his culture, the Dena'ina, and to spread that knowledge to others.