2015 Archive

A Christmas feast in the NANA region

As the Christmas holiday draws near, shareholders are preparing their shopping lists for Christmas feasts. Some of the traditional Iñupiaq food gathered from the land in the region include muktuk, black meat, seal oil, caribou, trout, and berries. Shareholders in Northwest Alaska also eat the usual turkey, ham or prime rib meals and a variety of side dishes as well like potato salad, macaroni salad, deviled eggs, corn on the cob, yams, and stuffing.

Posting of Form 8937

NANA announces 2015 shareholder dividend distribution

Kotzebue, Alaska – Nov. 06, 2015 – NANA’s board declared an FY 15 dividend of $8.00 per share payable on or about December 16, 2015, to shareholders of record as of December 4, 2015. The total distribution is approximately $12.7 million paid to NANA’s more than 13,800 Iñupiat shareholders.

President Obama visits Kotzebue

Seemed like everyone in Kotzebue had a story about President Obama’s visit the day before

Alaska WorkSource: where second chances begin

For many Alaskans in recovery or for those who have served time in the Department of Corrections, finding employment is a challenge. Barriers like stigmatization and lacking necessary job skills can prevent individuals from moving past their past. One organization is trying to change that. 

Fairhaven exploration season update

NANA’s Fairhaven gold exploration project started on June 25th and drilling was complete on July 22nd. A total of six holes and 3,100 feet of helicopter supported drilling was completed by NANA company, Tuuq Drilling. 

Wind turbines spin in Buckland

On August 7, 2015, the people of Buckland welcomed the Department of Energy (DOE), Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB), Kotzebue Electric Authority (KEA), Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), and NANA to their community for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Buckland wind turbines.

NANA region gets START

Top officials from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs visited Shungnak to announce that the community was selected for the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program. 

Open Letter to President Obama from 8 regional organizations

This letter was written to President Obama in advance of his visit to Kotzebue to articulate the opportunities and challenges faced by the region.

Broadcast of President Obama’s speech in kotzebue

Coverage of President Obama’s public speeches during proposed visits to Seward and Dillingham on Sept. 1 and 2 will be broadcast on GCI Channel 999 HD/1 SD dependent on live feed availability. The anticipated visit to Kotzebue on the afternoon of Sept. 2 is also scheduled for a live broadcast on the GCI Channel.

President Obama to visit region

President Barack Obama announced his plans to visit the city of Kotzebue, Alaska, today as part of his tour of the 49th State.

Kotzebue (Qikiktaġruk, or “almost an island” in Iñupiaq) is the largest community in Northwest Alaska and located along three miles of a 1,100 to 3,600-foot wide gravel spit on the Baldwin Peninsula, extending into the Kotzebue Sound near the mouths of the Kobuk, Noatak, and Selawik Rivers. The city is 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 549 air miles northwest of Anchorage. It is the gateway to Northwest Alaska’s other 10 communities and natural wonders such as the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, the Noatak National Preserve, and the Kobuk Valley National Park.

Helping shareholders in need

NANA staff joined Alaska’s First Lady Donna Walker to serve a hot lunch of chicken tacos at Bean’s Café in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 12, 2015. More than 40 shareholders identify as homeless. NANA provides monthly outreach to our homeless shareholders.

Veterans Affairs Secretary honors surviving members of the Alaska Territorial Guard in Kotzebue

 Seven (7) members of the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) were honored in at a ceremony with visiting United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald at the Maniilaq Long Term Care Facility in Kotzebue.

NANA Regional Corporation announces 2016 Annual Meeting location and date

JULY 30, 2015 - KOBUK, ALASKA – NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA)  announced the 2016 Annual Meeting of NANA Shareholders will take place in Noatak, Alaska, on March 14, 2016, at the Noatak School.  NANA’s board of directors approved the location during their quarterly board meeting in Kobuk, Alaska. 

New Alaska Native Business Powerhouse Assembled in Alaska’s Arctic

June 25, 2015 - Barrow, AK - Representatives of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), NANA Regional Corporation (NANA) and Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) are announcing the establishment of the Iñuit Arctic Business Alliance (IABA).

NANA employee recognized for cartography skills

NANA’s NunaGeo Information Manager, Paul Anderson, created a map of the NANA region that was recently selected as one of three maps to be represented in the Cartography and Visualization section of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) map competition.

Roll cameras! And action

Students from Noatak and Kivalina spent a week in April learning filmmaking. They were taught by Kristian de Lispinois and Mick Pacifici from NANA’s Evergreen Studios, and Brice Habeger from Piksik, a NANA company.

Be a STAR at the Star of the Northwest Magnet School

The Star of the Northwest Magnet School combines the resources of secondary and post-secondary institutions within the Northwest Arctic Borough to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for students in grades 11-14.

Students in Kivalina learn about the Wulik watershed

The region is home to the subsistence resources that sustain NANA shareholders physically, culturally and spiritually. As Iñupiat, the responsibility to protect the land, wildlife and water is part of our culture. That is why the NANA mission includes the protection and enhancement of corporate landholdings. One of the ways NANA ensures environmental protection on NANA lands is through the Environmental team, a division of the Natural Resources department. This team works with federal, state and private partners, like Teck, on compliance, policy and procedure issues to protect subsistence resources and NANA lands for generations to come.

2015 Regional Elders Council Election

On Tuesday, June 2nd, the Regional Elders Council (REC) elected the following officers at their meeting in Kotzebue.

Shungnak Selected in Next Round of START Project to Support Clean Energy Development

The following content is from the Department of Energy (DOE) website.

WASHINGTON— Today, when visiting the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood announced that as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy has selected five Alaska Native villages to receive technical assistance through the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program. The program provides federally recognized Alaska Native Corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with technical assistance to accelerate tribal clean energy projects and initiatives.


Skiku/NANANordic honored with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Award

Anchorage, AK—The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected Skiku/NANANordic to receive a 2015 PCFSN Community Leadership Award.  The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs.

NANA Elects 2015 Board Officers and Appoints Subsidiary Board Members

April 29, 2015 – ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – NANA Regional Corporation, Inc.’s (NANA) board of directors elected the following board officers at its regular board meeting today:

1ST VICE-CHAIR                   HENDY BALLOT, SR.                 
2ND VICE-CHAIR                  HARVEY VESTAL                         
TREASURER                          GLADYS JONES
SECRETARY                          ALICE MELTON-BARR

2015 Shareholder Award Winners

2015 Special Awards

Every year NANA honors four members of the NANA family with awards that recognize their contributions to our people, our communities and our Corporation.

2015 Board of Directors Certified Election Results

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) held its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Noorvik, Alaska. During the meeting on March 16, 2015, the following board members were elected to serve three-year terms on the NANA board.


2015 NANA Annual Meeting Door Prizes

March 16, 2015 – Noorvik, Alaska - At the NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) 2015 Annual Meeting, held March 16, 2015, in Noorvik, 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.

NANA Shareholders Elect Board Members

March 16, 2015 – Noorvik, Alaska – Today, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) held its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Noorvik, Alaska. During the meeting, the following board members were elected to serve three-year terms on the NANA board:

Northwest Arctic Leadership Team

NWALT hosts one of the largest meetings ever held in the region

Alaska’s political world and national headlines revolved around Kotzebue, Alaska, on Feb. 16, 2015, as the Northwest Arctic Leadership Team (NWALT) welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and members of the Alaska Legislature to discuss Arctic policy issues and tour sections of the Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB).

Matthew Daggett Named President of NANA Management Services

Matthew Daggett had been appointed president of NANA Management Services (NMS). NMS is jointly owned by NANA Development Corporation and Sodexo USA, and provides a range of outsourcing services to public and private clients in the petroleum, health care, education, and telecommunications industries. Daggett joins NMS after serving as senior vice president of operations for Afognak Native Corporation, since 2009.

Shareholder Development Improvement in FY14

Last year, NANA announced a range of shareholder development services now available through the newly formed Shareholder Development division. The division is staffed by 12 Shareholder Development Specialists (SDSs) who work directly with shareholders to assist them in identifying and reaching personal, educational and career goals. SDS’s are located in each NANA office in the region where they help provide connections to information about post-secondary education, training, grants, scholarships and job readiness. The overall goal of this department is to help develop the capacity of the region, which in turn will help build a viable, sustainable economy.

Building Common Ground

During the week of February 2, 2015, Tony Kelly, an associate for The Centre for Social Response (CSR) based in Australia, held a week-long dialogue training called Building Common Ground with the NANA Shareholder Development Specialists (SDSs) in the NANA Anchorage office. The training was sponsored by NANA and Teck.

2015 Proxy Packet Mailing Notice

This is a notice to all NANA shareholders that 2015 Proxy Packets will be mailed between February 2nd and February 6th.  Shareholders should be receiving them in their mailboxes soon. The deadline to vote online, by mail or by fax is 5 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on March 13, 2015. Paper proxies will be accepted at the annual meeting. If you do not receive a proxy, please contact your local NANA Resource Technician or call Shareholder Relations at (800) 478‐3301.

NANA negotiates lower heating fuel costs with Vitus Energy

NANA has negotiated an agreement with Vitus Energy lowing the cost of fuel for NANA’s office buildings and the Nullaġvik Hotel to reduce operational costs. The agreement allows the Corporation to pass along a fuel reward to NANA shareholders in the region. Shareholders may choose to take advantage of this cost saving program to receive a discount. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below to learn more about the program and how to participate.

Posting of Form 8937: Report for Organizational Actions Affecting Basis of Securities