2014 Archive

NANA appoints new Chief Financial Officer

KOTZEBUE, ALASKA – Dec. 29, 2014 – NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA), an Alaska Native Corporation representing more than 13,600 Iñupiat shareholders of Northwest Alaska, announced the appointment of Jens Beck as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective December 4, 2014.  Beck will also serve as CFO of NANA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NANA Development Corporation (NDC). 

NANA Regional Corporation announces new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Kotzebue, Alaska – Dec. 04, 2014 –NANA Regional Corporation’s board announced the appointment of Wayne Westlake as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Westlake is a NANA shareholder originally from Kiana. He will take over the helm of NANA Regional Corporation replacing current President and CEO, Marie N. Greene, on Feb. 1, 2015, when Greene retires after 13 years of leadership and 22 years of service at the Company.

Prior to accepting the position at NANA, Westlake served in many executive level positions including:  president of Tern Point, LLC, a company that provides administrative services and technical support to the federal government and commercial clients; Lithocore, LLC, an engineering services company;  and vice president of Business Development at Kikiktagruk Iñupiat Corporation.

Westlake holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Alaska Pacific University (APU) and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

NANA announces 2014 Shareholder dividend distribution

Kotzebue, Alaska – Dec. 04, 2014 –NANA’s board declared an FY 14 dividend of $6.00 per share payable on or about Dec. 17, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 10, 2014. The total distribution is approximately $9.4 million paid to NANA’s shareholders of record.

The board assesses the ability of the corporation to pay a dividend based on performance while balancing the need to provide social and cultural benefits to shareholders and ensure our business growth.

In addition to dividends, NANA contributes millions of dollars each year to scholarships, medical, burial and disaster assistance, village economic development, language preservation and other important social and cultural programs for shareholders.

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) is one of the 13 Alaska Native corporations created pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). NANA’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for its more than 13,600 Iñupiat shareholders and to protect and enhance NANA lands. Join the hunt at www.nana.com/regional.

NANA Elders’ Settlement Trust Announces 2014 Distribution

Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 4, 2014 – The Trustees of the NANA Elders’ Settlement Trust voted to issue a $1,000 per Elder distribution for 2014.  The Trust was established by NANA in 2008 to provide a modest, yet needed, special distribution to NANA shareholders who are 65 years of age or older by Jan. 1, 2015.

The distribution is not taxable.

The NANA Elders’ Settlement Trust distribution will have a record date of Jan. 1, 2015 and a payment date of on or about Jan. 9, 2015.

Special Board Meeting Cancelled for Nov. 6

Due to outstanding items related to the FY2014 financial results, the special board meeting for November 6th has been cancelled. The NANA Regional Corporation board of directors will hold their regularly scheduled meeting on December 4th as planned.  The board will discuss the possibility of a FY2014 dividend distribution at the December meeting.

So we can provide the most accurate information to shareholders, we are also rescheduling the 2014 NANA Informal Shareholder Meetings until mid-December. We will work with each community to find the best time to reschedule these meetings. Taikuu for your understanding and patience in this matter.

Winners of the 2015 NANA Calendar Photo Contest

Taikuu to all the NANA Shareholders who submitted photos to the 2015 NANA Photo Contest. The photos were so beautiful and all the judges deeply appreciate you sharing parts of your life with us.

149 NANA shareholders submitted photos from all over the world! The submissions were collected and broken down into categories.  Judges were provided the photos for each category without the names of the photographer. There were a total of five judges who participated in up to three rounds of selection.

Taikuu for participating in the contest. All prizes will be delivered via mail and will be mailed next week to ensure accuracy

Kasaŋnaaluk Marie N. Greene Wins Citizen of the Year Award at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)

Anchorage, Alaska Oct. 24, 2014 – The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) announced NANA President & CEO,  Kasaŋnaaluk Marie N. Greene,  as their 2014 Citizen of the Year.  The award recognizes the contributions of a Native person who has demonstrated strong commitment, dedication, and service to the Alaska Native Community and to Rural Alaska. The Award is bestowed annually on an individual selected by the AFN Board of Directors for exemplary work that has improved the lives of Alaska Native people.

Special Board Meeting for Dividend Decision on Nov. 6

NANA’s board of directors continues their review of the corporation’s FY14 financials. The board will make their decision regarding a potential 2014 NANA dividend distribution at a special board meeting scheduled for November 6, 2014. If you have questions or comments, please call Shareholder Relations at 1 (800) 478-3301 or email shareholderrelations@nana.com, Taikuu.

13,000 Pounds of Halibut from SeaShare Distributed in Kotzebue

The United States Coast Guard C -130 touched down in Kotzebue on Oct. 2nd with 13,000 pounds of halibut from SeaShare, a national hunger-relief organization that engages the seafood industry in a collective effort to improve nutrition for people who are served by food banks and feeding centers. 

4th Annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Legal Clinic

The 4th Annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Legal Clinic will be held this year at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on Friday, October 24th, 2014  from 10am-3pm. This years AFN will be at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Finding Solutions to the Rural Energy Crisis

Sept. 24, 2014 - Fairbanks, Alaska - NANA Regional Corp. is a megawatt sponsor at the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Rural Energy Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska, Sept. 22-25th at the Westmark Hotel. The conference hosts approximately 500 attendees from more than 75 communities across the state with a focus on solving issues of energy generation and reducing the skyrocketing cost of fuel and electricity in rural Alaska.

NANA Announces 2015 Calendar Photo Contest

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 NANA Calendar Photo Contest featuring "NANA Communities." The contest provides shareholders with the opportunity to capture photos that feature aspects of the Iñupiat culture and life, inside of, and outside of, the NANA region.

The winners of the 2015 NANA Calendar Photo Contest will have their photographs featured in the 2015 NANA Calendar and win great prizes including the potential to win $500!

The photo contest deadline is October 10, 2014, by 5 p.m. A.S.T. Winners will be announced on October 24, 2014.

For more information, to read the contest rules, and to submit your photos please visit www.nana.com/photocontest

Red Dog lead, zinc mine marks 25 years, $1B in royalties

The Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska turned 25 years old July 17 after producing since 1989 and paying about $1 billion in royalties to NANA Regional Corp., the landowner.

NANA paid $608 million of that to other Alaska Native corporations under revenue-sharing provisions of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and $199 million in dividends to its own shareholders.

NANA Regional Corporation President/CEO to Retire in January 2015

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) announced the retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kasaŋnaaluk Marie N. Greene, effective Jan. 1, 2015. 

“NANA shareholders and our region have benefited greatly under Kasaŋnaaluk’s 13 years of leadership,” said Nalikak Donald G. Sheldon, NANA’s board chairman. “Leadership positions require that the individual give up a great deal of personal time with family. I completely understand Marie’s decision to retire to spend more time with loved ones and cannot possibly thank her enough for her work at NANA.  Although she will be leaving this position, I know she will remain involved with our corporation and region for many years to come.”

Red Dog Mine celebrates 25 years

July 16, 2014 – Anchorage, Alaska – On Monday, the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska held a celebration for mine employees in honor of its 25th anniversary. The mine is one of the largest zinc producers in the world and is often cited as a positive example of indigenous people and mining companies working together. Alaska Native Corporation, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc., owns the land on which the mine is situated and Teck Alaska, a subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited (Teck), is the operator.

Under ACES, oil taxes were like taking all of a salmon run

Rex A. Rock Sr.,Aaron Schutt,Sophie Minich,Helvi Sandvik,Jason Metrokin,Gail Schubert
July 9, 2014

Many Alaskans may wonder why six of the largest Native corporations have united behind the effort to defeat Ballot Measure 1. Those who know little about us might assume it’s because some of the coalition members have business interests aligned with the oil industry. But that is too simple an answer. We did not enter into this conversation lightly.

Read more at the Alaska Dispatch News

Get Out the Alaska Native Vote this Election

American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 19.5% of the overall state population, and 16.9% of Alaskans who are 18 and over.  Get out the Native Vote this election season.  Log on to www.aknativevote.com  and learn about how you can get involved!

ANCSA Regional Association responds to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Regional Association responded today to U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill inquiries targeting Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and their participation in federal government 8(a) contracting program.

From Many to One

Cooperation is not just an Iñupiaq value, it is one of the hallmarks of the NANA region. Northwest Alaska is known statewide for its collaborative efforts in advancing regional priorities like education, energy and health.

This commitment to cooperation is learned and passed down from generation to generation. Cooperation is what helped the region settle land claims with the State of Alaska and what led to the 1976 merger of the village corporations with NANA.

14(c)3 Lands

Under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the village corporations received title to the surface estate in and around the village, subject to valid existing rights, as identified in Section 11 of the Act, as amended. Section 14(c)(3) provides that the village corporations convey (or give) to a municipal corporations (city), or the state in trust, lands identified for present and future community needs. The 14(c)3 provision is defined as a responsibility of the village corporations, but because 10 of 11 region villages merged with NANA in 1976 (see Merger Story) this obligation falls to NANA Regional Corporation.

NANA Elders Decide Which Lands to Save

Story originally appeared in the July/August Hunter, Volume 21 Number 6

In the early days after passage of ANCSA, the newly minted Alaska Native village and regional corporations were tasked with selecting what eventually became 44 million acres of land throughout Alaska.

For most Native people living in rural Alaska, the surrounding landscape was not something that was traditionally owned. However, ANCSA changed that. Suddenly Native people had to decide what lands they would own and also what lands they would give up.

Types of Land in the NANA Region

The NANA region encompasses 38,000 square miles in Northwest Alaska. Within this area, land is owned by two Alaska Native Corporations, state and federal government entities, businesses and individuals.

The ownership, or status, of land is dependent on laws such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), the Alaska Native Allotment Act and the Alaska Statehood Act. There are some special terms that will help you better understand land status and land ownership in the region.

NANA Elects Board Officers and Subsidiary Board

April 17, 2014 – Anchorage, Alaska - NANA Regional Corporation, Inc.’s (NANA) Board of Directors elected the following board officers at their regular April board meeting.

2014 NANA Annual Meeting Door Prizes

March 18, 2014 – Kotzebue, Alaska - At the NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) 2014 Annual Meeting, held March 17, 2014, in Shungnak, Alaska, drawings were held for door prizes for those present and those who turned in a valid proxy.  Checks will be mailed to winners who were not present at the meeting.

2014 NANA Shareholder Award Winners

Every year NANA honors four members of our NANA family with awards that recognize their contributions to the Iñupiat of Northwest Alaska, our communities and our corporation.

NANA Shareholders Elect Board Members

March 18, 2014 – Kotzebue, Alaska - On March 17, 2014, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) held its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Shungnak, Alaska. During the meeting, the following board members were elected to serve three-year terms on the NANA board:

“Class C” Proposition FAQ

“Class C” Proposition FAQ

In 1988, ANCSA was amended to allow Alaska Native corporations to issue shares to people who met all of the requirements for Class A or Class B stock, but who were left off the BIA rolls for whatever reason (for example, some were adopted out of State and their adoptive parents didn’t enroll them).  In 1991, NANA amended its Articles of Incorporation to issue 100 shares of Class C Settlement Common Stock to each person who qualified.  The deadline to apply was December 31, 1995.

Deadline extended - Elder Advisor letters of interest

DEADLINE EXTENDED -  NANA Regional Corporation is looking for an elder advisor for a three year term to assist the board of directors. Candidates must be 62 years of age or older, fluent in Inupiaq, and must be a respected, positive role model with a strong foundation in the Inupiat Ilitqusiat. Please send a letter of interest by Friday, February 28, 2014. Send to NANA Regional Corporation, attention Shareholder Relations, or drop it off at your local NANA office. Taikuu.