Iñupiat Spirit Thrives in Two Worlds

By Shane Lasely

Mining News

 

Two Worlds, One Spirit” is a motto that encompasses NANA Regional Corp.’s dedication to developing its natural resources in a way that preserves the integrity of its land and the traditional values of the people who have called Northwest Alaska home for millennia.

“At NANA we like to say we live in two worlds but have one spirit – meaning that we will not forsake our traditional values when participating in the modern economy. We can be Native people and bring Native values to the table when looking at business opportunities. In fact, I think it is our greatest strength,” NANA President and CEO Marie Greene told an audience at the 11th Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly held in Nuuk, Greenland last July.

In partnership with Teck Resources Ltd., NANA has been mining the zinc-rich ore at Red Dog since 1989. The income from this world-class zinc mine has served as a catalyst to grow the Inupiat-owned company into a global enterprise that generated US$1.6 billion in revenue in 2010.

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