2016 Archive

Regional offices closed due to storm

All regional NANA offices will be closed today due to a storm in Northwest Alaska.  For more information on the weather system, you can link to the NOAA forecast here.

Prohibition of Offshore Oil and Gas Development Will Impact Economic Growth in the Arctic

NANA Regional Corporation (NANA) is concerned with the Obama Administration’s recent announcement of a plan to prohibit future offshore drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.

2016 Fall Informal Shareholder Meetings postponed

NANA shareholders, the 2016 Fall Regional Informal Shareholder Meetings have been postponed until after the new year. NANA will still be conducting board nominations in Kivalina, Kobuk, Kiana, Buckland, Ambler, and Deering starting November 8th through the 10th. New Informal Shareholder Meeting dates will be announced shortly. Taikuu.

For more details on the meetings, log on to www.nanatkut.com or stop by your local NANA Shareholder Relations office.

NANA seeks nominations for Board of Directors

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) is seeking nominations for candidates to fill seven three-year terms on the NANA Board of Directors.

Nominations Open for 2017 NANA Awards!

Do you know an Elder, youth, NANA shareholder, or non-Native person that deserves to be recognized for their contributions to NANA? Nominate them for the 2017 NANA Awards! Forms are available at your local NANA community office and for download here. Nominations must be received by 5:00 P.M. on January 13, 2017. For more information call Martha Cervantes at 1-800-478-2000 or email shareholderrelations@nana.com.

NANA Regional Corporation announces 2017 Annual Meeting location and date

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016  - KOTZEBUE, ALASKA – NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA)  announced the 2017 Annual Meeting of NANA Shareholders will take place in Kotzebue, Alaska, on March 13, 2017, at the Kotzebue Middle/High School. NANA’s board of directors approved the location during their quarterly board meeting in Kotzebue, Alaska.

NANA mourns the loss of Qipqiña John Schaeffer, the Corporation’s first president and CEO

The NANA shareholder community is in mourning with the passing of a talented and transformative leader, NANA’s first President/CEO, Qipqiña John Schaeffer. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with his wife Maqik (Mary), his nine children, 36 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous family and friends throughout the region, state, and world.

Regional students attend GeoFORCE summer program

On June 3, 2016, students from the NANA region with their parents, instructors, and sponsors gathered at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) campus to celebrate the first of four years of the GeoFORCE program. 

Important information about your NANA stock and stock will


Stock certificates are valuable legal documents that represent the shares you own in a corporation. Your stock certificate tells you the class and number of shares you own and the date the shares were issued. Each stock certificate will also have your name and the stock certificate number.
The back of the stock certificates for Class A, B, and C shares will also include a stock will form. It is very important to have a stock will on file at NANA.

UKMP summer program update

The Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects (UKMP) 2016 field season is underway. The Bornite camp opened for the season in mid-June and will be in operation through approximately August 10, 2016. NANA entered into an Exploration and Option to Lease agreement with NovaGold (now NovaCopper) in October 2011 to explore the areas around Bornite and Arctic in the northeastern part of the region. 

The northernmost wind farm in the United States

By Brad Reeve of KEA

Kotzebue Electric Association (KEA) is a non-profit, member-owned cooperative that supplies power to approximately 3,200 residents in the community of Kotzebue, located 32 miles north of the Arctic Circle. KEA first generated power in 1954, when it acquired its first two diesel engines.

The Alaska Technical Center lets students learn a trade while earning college credit

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Many students spend time thinking about whether they should choose vocational training or college. This does not have to be an either/or choice. Students attending the Alaska Technical Center (ATC) in Kotzebue, Alaska, can gain industry-recognized job certifications and earn college credits. The new Process Technology Career pathway allows students to earn an associate's degree by attending a University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF)-approved program at ATC. 

Greene appointed to United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC)

On December 16, 2015, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Kasaŋnaaluk Marie Greene, of Kotzebue, Alaska, to serve as a commissioner on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC). The USARC is an independent agency with seven commissioners and one chair that advises the President and Congress on domestic and international Arctic research through recommendations and reports. It is currently chaired by former Alaska Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer.

USCG Arctic Operations facility to be named for former NANA President John Shaeffer

The Alaska Army National Guard turned over its aviation operations facility in Kotzebue to the U.S. Coast Guard on June 24, 2016.. Alaska National Guard Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Laurie Hummel and U.S. Coast Guard District 17 Commander, Rear Adm. Michael McAllister hosted a “roll-in” ceremony for the Coast Guard’s MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter to enter the facility which will be named after former NANA President and Alaska National Guard Adjutant General (1986 to 1991), John Shaeffer.

NANA distributes 2016 at-large shareholder dividend

Today, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. distributed resource proceeds from sources within the NANA region and from other Alaska Native Regional Corporations pursuant to Section 7(j)  of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to NANA shareholders who hold Class B (also known as At-Large) shares.

Approximately 413 shareholders were eligible for this distribution, receiving $12.83 per Class B share.  The total distribution to all Class B NANA shareholders was $377,202.

Kotzebue office closure after noon, Friday, April 14, 2016

NANA Regional Corporation's offices in Kotzebue will be closed after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Regular hours for the Kotzebue office will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April, 18.


NANA elects 2016 board officers and appoints subsidiary board members

April 7, 2016 – 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                 DONALD SHELDON               
2ND VICE-CHAIR                MARTHA WHITING                        
TREASURER                        GLADYS JONES
SECRETARY                        DIANA RAMOTH

2016 NANA Annual Meeting door prizes

March 14, 2016 – Noatak, Alaska - NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) held its 2016 Annual Meeting today in Noatak, Alaska. During the meeting, 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.  Winners are listed below:

NANA shareholders elect 2016 board of directors

March 14, 2016 – NOATAK, ALASKA – NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) held its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders today in Noatak, Alaska. During the meeting, the following board members were elected to serve three-year terms on the NANA board:

Seat                     Board Member Name

At-Large              Harvey Vestal
Ambler                Gladys Jones
Buckland            Clara Ticket
Deering               Ronald Moto
Noatak                Stella Shy
Noorvik               Donald Sheldon
Selawik               Diana Ramoth
Shungnak           Linda Lee


Iñupiaq language app “Iñupiaraaqta” released on AppStore

Want to speak Iñupiaq? Download the free app for your iPhone! The “Iñupiaraaqta” app is a project of the Iñupiaq Language Commission and supported by NANA Regional Corporation (NANA). The Iñupiaq Language Commission consists of ten members appointed by the Northwest Arctic Regional Elders Council and is responsible for guiding Iñupiaq language revitalization initiatives in the region. NANA is a for-profit corporation with a social responsibility. We hope you enjoy the free app! “Iñupiaraaqta” means “Let’s speak Iñupiatun!”

NANA Proxies have mailed

NANA proxy packets mailed on or about February 5, 2016. NANA Shareholders have the option to vote their proxy online at www.nanavote.net, information is contained on your proxy in the proxy packet mailed to you. Online, mailed, emailed, and faxed proxies must be submitted by March 11, 2016, at 5pm Alaska Standard Time to be counted. If you attend the Annual Meeting in person, you may also change your votes or submit your proxy at the 2016 NANA Annual Shareholder Meeting in Noatak, Alaska on March 14, 2016. If you did not receive your proxy packet or have questions please contact your local Shareholder Relations Coordinator, or contact Shareholder Records at records@nana.comrecords@nana.com or (800) 478-3301.

Kiana Elementary class writes book on Iñupiaq lifestyle

The book “Our Iñupiaq Lifestyle” was written by 12 students from Kiana Elementary School during the 2014/2015 school year. Their teacher, Ms. Kelly, acquired a book publishing kit through Scholastic and asked the students what they wanted to write about.

The Iñuit Circumpolar Council - Alaska (ICC-AK) releases report on Iñuit food security

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Drastic changes are occurring in the Arctic and Iñuit are on the forefront of these changes. In recent years food security has increasingly become a topic of conversation and is gaining more attention.


Regional Elders Council elects officers

Today in Kotzebue, Alaska, the Northwest Alaska Regional Elders Council (REC) elected the following officers:

NANA Regional Corporation 2016 Board Candidates

NANA Regional Corporation mailed the 2016 proxy packet to shareholders of record on or about February 5, 2016.
The following individuals are candidates on the 2016 NANA Regional Corporation proxy:

NANA Elders’ Settlement Trust Announces 2016 Distribution

The Trustees of the NANA Elders’ Settlement Trust voted to issue a $1,000 per Elder dividend for 2016 for a total distribution of $811,000. The distribution will have a record date of Feb. 5, 2016, and a payment date of on or about Feb. 15, 2016. The distribution is not taxable.

NANA responds to Teck’s filing

Kotzebue, Alaska – Jan. 15, 2016 – Today, Teck Resources Limited (Teck) filed a complaint in the Superior Court for the State of Alaska over the Northwest Arctic Borough’s new municipal severance tax that Teck estimates will more than triple its annual payments as of 2016. Teck stated that the tax will impact the competitiveness and longevity of the Red Dog Mine, putting jobs and economic activity at risk.

Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) award winners

Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) award winners:

Suuyuk Lena Hanna
Elder of the Year

Clarence Wood
Katie John Hunter-Fisher Award

Alex Whiting
Denali Award

Agga Chloe Naylor’s
Lu Young Youth Leadership Award