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Welcome the New CIRI.com!

Welcome to the new CIRI website! We worked closely with CIRI stakeholders to develop a new website that was welcoming and provided the important information …

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2023 Board Recruitment

Board write-in Candidate Information Due Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Shareholders interested in running for the CIRI Board of Directors as a write-in candidate, including those individuals not selected for the Board-recommended slate, have an opportunity to submit information for inclusion in CIRI’s election materials.

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CIRI Invests in Community

Sharing what you have with others is an important Alaska Native value, and CIRI is dedicated to corporate philanthropy. CIRI Board Directors and employees personally engage in community activities through volunteerism, personal giving and sharing, leading local and statewide fundraising efforts, and serving without compensation on the boards of many nonprofit and community organizations. Additionally, CIRI encourages employees to volunteer with the nonprofit of their choice and provides the opportunity to volunteer with several of our community partners throughout the year.

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Business News

Important 2022 Financial Update

2022 will be defined by challenges stemming from geopolitical uncertainty, rising inflation and Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes.

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2022 Virtual Friendship Potlatch

CIRI’s annual Friendship Potlatch is available to watch online!

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Important Dates

Mark your calendar for these important dates.

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Traditional Foods with Chef Amy Foote

This fall, CIRI staff were treated to a traditional foods presentation and cooking demonstration by Amy Foote, executive chef at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Tayler Higgins

Growing up, CIRI Shareholder Tayler Tanginiq Higgins was affectionally called the “Rondy princess” by her mother.

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In Touch: Music Release

Congratulations to CIRI Shareholder Troy Hills on the release of his song, “Count to One.”

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Fire Island Wind Celebrates 10 Years

For the past 10 years, CIRI’s Fire Island Wind (FIW) Project has delivered renewable, emissions-free energy to more than 7,000 homes in Southcentral Alaska.

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#CIRIVotes in the U.S. Midterm Election!

Alaska Native voices can shape the future of our communities. Make sure your voice is heard by voting in the 2022 U.S. general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8!

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2022 Virtual Friendship Potlatch

We invite all Shareholders, Descendants and their families to join us for this year’s virtual Friendship Potlatch, which will be available online mid-November.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska

Mentorship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is an opportunity to carry on Alaska Native traditions.

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CIRI Endorses Mary Sattler Peltola for U.S. Congress

The Cook Inlet Region, Inc. Board of Directors has voted to endorse Rep. Mary Sattler Peltola’s candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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CIRI Celebrates 2022 Summer Interns

This year, CIRI was pleased to host five full-time summer interns.

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Video Demonstration: Smoked Salmon

Need tips on how to smoke your summer salmon? Let CIRI’s own Vicki Otte lead you through the step-by-step process!

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Charles Anderson Jr.

Former CIRI Board Chair passes away at the age of 92.

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INTERN-al Affairs

My name is Lauren Culhane, and I am honored to intern with CIRI in the Corporate Affairs department this summer.

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Save the Date: 2022 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention

The 2022 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention will be held Oct. 20-22 in Anchorage.

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CIRI Summer Interns Visit Chickaloon

Archeological discoveries on tribal lands are essential to preserving Alaska Native identity and transmitting Indigenous ways of knowing from one generation to the next.

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Maple Springs Grand Opening

For many years, Alaska’s senior housing market has struggled to meet the needs of its older residents.

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CIRI News

Alaska Native Hire Job Fair—September 22

The Alaska Native Hire Job Fair will be held noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 in Anchorage.

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Anchorage Museum Programs Bridge Past and Future

The Anchorage Museum tells the story of the people and landscapes of the North through its programs, exhibitions and collection.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Spotlight

A few quotes from the many hundreds of Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight interviews featured throughout the years. 

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CIRI News

CIRI’s 50-Year Timeline

Significant events over CIRI’s 50-year history.

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Conversations with CIRI Shareholders and Descendants

“Conversations” is a video series produced by CIRI that features candid interviews with CIRI Shareholders and Descendants.

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2022 Annual Meeting Prize Winners

View this year’s Annual Meeting eVote, Early Bird, GreenLink and Webcast prize winners.

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CIRI’s 50th Anniversary—June 8, 2022

CIRI was established June 8, 1972, under terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. CIRI’s 50th anniversary gives us the opportunity to not only reflect, but to reimagine, to learn, adapt, innovate and grow.

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CIRI Achieves Highest Revenue, Net Income in 10 Years

CIRI achieved exceptional financial performance in 2021.

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Q’eschł Heritage Center

More than a museum, the Q’eschił Heritage Center will celebrate the Ninilchik Tribe’s distinct culture and history.

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Descendant Spotlight: Rebecca Taylor

CIRI Descendant Rebecca Taylor’s (Inupiaq) art allows her to both create and release, connect with the past and exist in the present moment.

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Information Meeting, Annual Meeting of Shareholders

As the Annual Meeting will be held via livestream, voting in the election of Directors will only be by proxy. Shareholders may vote online at vote.ciri.com.

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Apply Now for CIRI’s Virtual Mentoring Program

The next program application deadline is Friday, July 22.

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Apply Now to Serve on CIRI’s Shareholder and Descendant Participation Committees

Interested and eligible Shareholders and Descendants are asked to apply by June 24.

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2022 Farewell Sheep Hunting Permits

As in previous years, recreational use permits will be issued for access to portions of the Farewell area for Dall sheep hunting in 2022.

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Thank You to Our 2021 Holiday Craft Bazaar Supporters and Donors

CIRI would like to thank all those who contributed to and supported the 2021 CIRI Holiday Craft Bazaar!

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As Seen in Our Region: Turnagain Arm

A westward shot of Turnagain Arm.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Jeff Hurlburt

CIRI shareholder Jeff Hurlburt has made it his “life’s passion” to assist and support Alaska Native people through his nonprofit organization Dena’ina Strong.

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2022 Native Youth Olympic Games

The 2022 Junior Games (athlete registration open through March 1) will be held virtually. The Senior Games will be held in person April 21-23.

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Pick.Click.Give. Now through March 31

Among the eligible 2021 Pick.Click.Give. organizations are three CIRI-affiliated community nonprofits: Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Justice Center and KNBA FM/Koahnic Broadcast Corp.

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As Seen in Our Region: Chugach Range

February sunrise over the Chugach Range.

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CIRI News

ANCSA Celebrates 50 Years

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, signed into law Dec. 18, 1971, settled Alaska Native peoples’ aboriginal land claims and distributed 44 million acres of land and nearly $1 billion to 12 land-based Alaska Native regional corporations, including CIRI.

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2022 Board Recruitment

The CIRI Nominating Committee is seeking CIRI shareholders interested in nomination to the 2022 CIRI Board of Directors’ candidate slate.

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November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse ancestry, cultures, histories and traditions of Alaska Native and American Indian peoples.

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2021 Youth Art Contest Winners

Thank you to our 2021 Youth Art Contest participants!

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CIRI’s Virtual Mentoring Program

With the goal of providing professional and personal development for CIRI shareholders and descendants, CIRI’s inaugural Virtual Mentoring Program kicked off Oct. 8.

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CIRI Holiday Closure: Dec. 23-31, 2021

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, CIRI will be closed Dec. 23-31, 2021.

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Save the Date: 2021 Virtual Annual AFN Convention

The 2021 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention will be held Monday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 15 in Anchorage.

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North Wind Employee Places Third in Air Force ‘Innovation Rodeo’

Each year, AFIMSC Ventures holds an “Innovation Rodeo” to help Airmen and civilian members of mission-support groups around the world pitch ideas, partner with innovation experts and secure funding for their respective projects.

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2020-2021 Youth Educational Incentive Prize Winners

To encourage youth to attend and excel at school, CIRI conducts twice-yearly prize drawings for students in grades 7-12 who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above and/or students with excellent attendance.

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Barbara Donatelli Retires After 41 Years with CIRI

Please join CIRI as we congratulate Senior Vice President Barbara Donatelli on her retirement!

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2021 CIRI C3 Experience Goes Virtual

Returning from a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIRI C3 Experience went virtual for the first time this year.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: KC Elvis

When other kids were reading the comics section of their local newspaper, KC Elvis was reading the business section.

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CIRI News

The Importance of Vaccination

Vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious diseases, including COVID-19.

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We’re Hiring!

CIRI is currently recruiting for the position of Director, Shareholder Services.

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2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Thank you to all those who tuned in to this year’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held Saturday, June 5 via virtual meeting webcast.

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ANCs Win Tribal CARES Act Case

On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alaska Native regional and village corporations are eligible to receive federal CARES Act funding.

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2022 CIRI Calendar Photo Contest

CIRI is seeking historical photos from shareholders and descendants for use in its 2022 calendar.

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2021 Board Election Results

CIRI shareholders elected five Directors to the CIRI Board of Directors at the company’s 2021 Annual Meeting, held via webcast on June 5.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Tia Hale

CIRI shareholder Tia Hale (Athabascan and Inupiaq) is passionate about, well, just about everything.

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2021 Annual Meeting Prize Winners

This year’s eVote, Early Bird and Annual Meeting prize winners.

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COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020.

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Former CIRI Board Director Penny Carty Passes Away at 72

Original CIRI enrollee and former CIRI Board Director Penny L. Carty (Aleut) passed away April 14 in Anchorage.

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Federal Assistance for Broadband

The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

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Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad

As the author wrote about this recipe, “An eye-catching spinach summer salad… Perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July.”

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Southcentral Foundation: President/CEO Recruitment

The Southcentral Foundation board of directors is seeking qualified candidates for the position of SCF president/CEO.

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2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders Q&A

Shareholders were invited to submit questions during the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held via virtual meeting webcast on June 5.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

More than Just Fish

Volunteers distributed 12,000 pounds of fish to Alaska Native families on March 25 and 26 as part of Operation Fish Drop, a grass-roots initiative to ensure Alaska Native Elders and others have access to traditional foods this spring.

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CIRI News

Cultures of CIRI Storytelling Platform

An innovative new story-sharing platform, Cultures of CIRI provides CIRI shareholders and descendants an opportunity to connect with others by sharing “sukdu”—the Dena’ina Athabascan for “stories.”

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2021 Annual Meeting eVote and Early Bird Prizes

All proxies must be received by 2 p.m. AKDT on Wednesday, May 26.

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CIRI News

Update to CIRI Recreational Land Use Permitting Policy

One of CIRI’s corporate values is respect, which includes respect for the land and promoting responsible stewardship of CIRI resources.

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CIRI Surveys and Focus Groups

This spring, Craciun Research will be conducting shareholder and descendant surveys and focus groups on CIRI’s behalf.

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Guide to the 2020 Annual Report

CIRI recently released its 2020 Annual Report, which summarizes the company’s performance last year and contains information readers can use to better understand CIRI’s business and investments.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Descendant Spotlight: Torin Jacobs

From an air-conditioned trailer in the Iraq desert, CIRI descendant Torin Jacobs started making the beats that would define him as a hip-hop artist, electronic musician and producer.

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2021 CIRI Information Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of everyone’s health and safety, CIRI will not hold in-person Information Meetings this year.

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Land Selection Process for Alaska Native Vietnam-Era Veterans

The Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans Allotment Program of 2019 permits eligible Vietnam-era veterans or their heirs to apply for up to 160 acres federal land in Alaska.

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2021 Farewell Dall Sheep Hunting Permits

As in previous years, recreational use permits will be issued for access to portions of the Farewell area for Dall sheep hunting in 2021.

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Native Youth Olympic Games 2021

The ongoing public-health crisis may force changes to the 2021 Native Youth Olympic Games, but it can’t change its spirit!

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CIRI News

GreenLink Prize Drawings

Shareholders who reduce their carbon footprint by opting for electronic delivery of certain materials have two more chances to win $1,000!

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Pick.Click.Give. 2021

Among the eligible 2021 Pick.Click.Give. organizations are three CIRI-affiliated nonprofits: Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Justice Center and KNBA FM/Koahnic Broadcast Corp.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Richard Perry

Original CIRI enrollee Richard Perry (Yup’ik and Athabascan) describes himself as an artist, writer and storyteller.

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CIRI News

2020 Tax Information

CIRI IRS Forms 1099 for the 2020 tax year will be mailed no later than Feb. 1, 2021.

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2020 AFN Award Recipients

Each year, the Alaska Federation of Natives awards honor Native and non-Native leaders in recognition of their dedicated efforts to serving the Native community.

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Coming Soon: Cultures of CIRI and Virtual Mentoring Program

CIRI is rolling out two exciting new web-based programs in early 2021— Cultures of CIRI and virtual mentoring.

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2021 CIRI Calendar Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 CIRI calendar photo contest!

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Recipe: Salmon Mousse

As the author wrote about this recipe, “An easy-to-make, delicious salmon mousse, not too rich and quite flavorful. Perfect for spreading on crackers and crudité dips.”

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Qenek Portal Enhancements

CIRI’s Qenek portal is a free online resource that provides easy access to a wealth of news, information and forms, while also offering the convenience of performing certain tasks and record changes online.

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Reminder: CIRI Holiday Closure

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, CIRI will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

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Business News

Statement Issued in Support of ANCs Receiving CARES Act Funding

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Alaska Native corporations are ineligible for CARES Act funding.

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Apply Now: 2021 Virtual Next Gen Day

Shareholders and descendants 10 years through high-school age are invited to apply to participate in CIRI’s 2021 Next Gen Day, which will be held virtually.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Clara Amidon

CIRI shareholder Clara Amidon (Yup’ik and Unangan) never dreamed she’d be teaching virtually during a pandemic.

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2021 Board Recruitment

The CIRI Nominating Committee is seeking CIRI shareholders interested in nomination to the 2021 CIRI Board of Directors’ candidate slate.

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2020 Virtual Potlatch

In lieu of our annual in-person gatherings, please join CIRI for a virtual Friendship Potlatch!

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October: Celebrating Our Alaska Native Heritage

Alaska Native people have much to celebrate during the month of October!

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U.S. Court Rules ANCs Ineligible for CARES Act Funding

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that Alaska Native corporations are ineligible for CARES Act funding.

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Missing: More than 550 Alaska Native Veterans Eligible for Federal Land

Readers may recall earlier Raven’s Circle articles that referenced the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which contains a provision to help eligible Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War era select up to 160 acres of land in Alaska.

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Urgent Request: Respond to the 2020 U.S. Census!

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced it will wrap up the survey Sept. 30, a month sooner than previously expected.

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CARES Act Funding Update

The CARES Act was passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. Soon after a lawsuit was filed challenging the right of Alaska Native corporations, like CIRI, to receive CARES Act funds.

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CIRI Invests in Wood Biomass Fuel Enterprise

Earlier this year, CIRI became an investor in the Enviva Holdings wood biomass fuel enterprise.

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2020 CIRI Friendship Potlatches Cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CIRI’s 2020 Friendship Potlatches have been cancelled.

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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch

Congratulations to CIRI shareholder Alyssa Burt and Robert Johnson Jr. on the birth of their daughter, Alana Rose Johnson.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Eric Watson

Even during a global pandemic, CIRI shareholder Eric Watson is committed to helping the eight federally recognized tribes within the Cook Inlet region collaborate and strengthen their relationships with each other and with Cook Inlet Tribal Council.

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Registration and Vote-by-Mail Reminder

Alaskans have through Oct. 3 to register to vote or update any outdated voter registration information for this year’s general election, which will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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Shareholder News

Get Out the Native Vote Becomes CITC Affiliate

There has arguably never been a more important time for Alaska Native voters to make their voices heard.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Ensuring that routine vaccination is maintained or reinitiated during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.

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Nonprofit Spotlight

With its mission of building strong foundations with Alaska Native families through Alaska Native cultures and education, Cook Inlet Native Head Start provides children a supportive, hands-on learning environment.

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CIRI News

CIRI Calendar Photo Contest for 2021

CIRI is seeking high-resolution electronic photos from shareholders and descendants for use in the 2021 CIRI calendar.

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Get Out the Native Vote

This is a big election year in Alaska, with multiple state ballot measures, a U.S. Senate seat, a U.S. House seat and most of the Alaska Legislature up for election.

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Your 2020 U.S. Census Questions Answered

If you’re confused or have questions about the 2020 U.S. Census, you’re not alone!

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2020 Board Election Results

Preliminary results indicate that CIRI shareholders re-elected five incumbent directors to the CIRI Board of Directors.

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Vietnam Veterans Allotment Update

You may recall earlier Raven’s Circle articles that referenced the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which contains a provision to help eligible Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War era select up to 160 acres of land in Alaska.

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SPC Terms Extended

The terms of currently serving SPC members have been extended an additional year.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Amber Christensen Fullmer

CIRI shareholder Amber Christensen Fullmer (Inupiaq) decided to mark her hands and arms with traditional lines because, as a mixed-race person, “I could step out of being Native and into whiteness without thinking about it,” she explains.

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Alaskans May Now Apply Online to Vote by Mail

Alaskans may now apply online for absentee ballots, making it easier to vote by mail in the 2020 primary and general elections.

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Prize Winners

2020 eVote, Early Bird and Annual Meeting prize winners.

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2020 U.S. Census Reminder

Every Alaskan who responds to the Census increases the amount of money and resources we have to care for each other and Alaska for the next decade.

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CIRI News

Changes to CIRI’s Recreational Use Permitting Policy

Kenai Peninsula moose and bear hunting permits now available exclusively to CIRI shareholders and descendants.

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Vote Your Proxy

Online voting at vote.ciri.com is quick and easy, allows shareholders to vote anytime, anywhere (even when social distancing), and is more environmentally friendly.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Cynthia Demientieff

A family tragedy at a young age set CIRI shareholder Cynthia Demientieff on a lifelong path of helping others.

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UPDATE: CIRI Information Meetings and Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of everyone’s health and safety, CIRI has cancelled its in-person 2020 spring Information Meetings and Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Descendant Spotlight: LeeAnn Cooper Garrick

When LeeAnn Cooper Garrick was a young teen, her father picked her up after school one day and took her to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to apply for her Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card.

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President’s Message: COVID-19 Update

CIRI takes our responsibility to the well-being of our employees, shareholders and the community very seriously.

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2020 CIRI C3 Experience

The CIRI C3 Experience is an overnight camp that brings together young CIRI shareholders and descendants to foster leadership skills and help prepare them for college and their careers.

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Direct Deposit Vouchers to be Discontinued

Beginning with the March 2020 distributions, paper vouchers will no longer be mailed to shareholders who receive their payments via direct deposit.

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Save the Date: 2020 Information and Annual Meetings

CIRI Information Meetings will be held April 18 in Anchorage; April 25 in Kenai, Alaska; and May 9 in Puyallup, Wash. The Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held June 6 in Anchorage.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Rhonda Shelford Jansen

CIRI shareholder Rhonda Shelford Jansen’s art may evoke images of the past, but it took coming into her own as an adult and evolving past a “fear of failure that begins to diminish when you reach middle age” to commit to the act of creating said art.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Offering a broad spectrum of services, Cook Inlet Tribal Council helps AN/AI people reach their full potential through education and employment services, family preservation and substance-abuse counseling.

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CIRI News

2020 Farewell Sheep Hunting Permits

As in previous years, recreational use permits will be issued for access to portions of the Farewell area for Dall sheep hunting in 2020.

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Shareholder News

2020 Next Gen Day

Thank you to the young CIRI shareholders and descendants who attended Next Gen Day, held Jan. 20 at CIRI’s corporate offices in Anchorage!

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CITC Spring Job Fair

The CITC Spring Job Fair will be held Friday, March 20 in Anchorage.

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CIRI News

New Quarterly eNewsletter Prize Drawing

To increase participation, quarterly prize drawings are conducted from the names of shareholders enrolled in CIRI’s eNewsletter Program who have valid email and mailing addresses on file. In 2020, the eNewsletter Program quarterly prize winner will have his/her choice of an iPad or $400 cash!

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Clinton Ray Lageson

Though CIRI shareholder Clinton Ray Lageson spends much of his time collaborating with and advocating for Alaska Native and American Indian people across the U.S., his heart is at home with his Tribe and his family.

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Donate to Pick.Click.Give. Beginning Jan. 1

While applying for their Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends online, Alaskans may choose to Pick.Click.Give. to eligible charitable and educational organizations.

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CIRI Board Member Conferred Honorary Degree

Congratulations to CIRI Board Vice Chair Margaret “Margie” L. Brown, who received a fall 2019 honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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CIHA Celebrates Ch’anikna Commons Grand Opening

Cook Inlet Housing Authority held a grand opening celebration for its newest family housing development, Ch’anikna Commons, on Sept. 24, 2019.

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Board Write-in Candidate Information due Feb. 19

As in the past, all shareholders interested in running for the CIRI Board of Directors as write-in candidates will have an opportunity to submit their information for inclusion in CIRI’s election materials.

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Southcentral Foundation 23rd Annual Gathering

Southcentral Foundation’s 23rd Annual Gathering will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 in Anchorage.

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The Nat’uh Service Center has Reopened

After more than a year away, most Cook Inlet Tribal Council programs have returned or will soon be returning to the Nat’uh Service Center in Anchorage.

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CIRI News

2019 CIRI Shareholder Tax Information

IRS 1099 forms for the 2019 tax year will be mailed to shareholders on Jan. 31, 2020.

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Junior Native Youth Olympics

Junior Native Youth Olympics will be held Feb. 14-16 in Anchorage.

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CIRI News

2020 U.S. Census

The 2020 U.S. census kicked off Jan. 21 in Toksook Bay, Alaska.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Thomas Yates

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, CIRI shareholder Thomas Yates (Athabascan) wanted to fight.

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Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans Land Allotment Application Period to Open September 2020

The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act includes a provision to help Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War era select up to 160 acres of land in Alaska.

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Veterans Day – November 11, 2019

With respect, honor and gratitude, CIRI would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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CIRI Holiday Office Closure

In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, CIRI offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

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National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month is a celebration of the contributions America’s First Peoples have made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.

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CIRI News

Shape Our Future

Why is the 2020 census important? The data gathered will provide vital information to leaders in your school, your Tribal and local village governments, and businesses for use in community planning.

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Wells Fargo Check Cashing Fees

Wells Fargo typically charges a $7.50 fee to individuals who do not have a Wells Fargo bank account but wish to cash a check issued from a Wells Fargo bank account. That fee is waived for checks issued by CIRI or the CIRI Settlement Trust.

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CIRI Addresses Trespass Issues

When it comes to mitigating trespass and protecting CIRI lands, we need our shareholders’ help!

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Descendant Spotlight: Piper Tolbert

With a background in political science, a heart to help and a passion for activism, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched that CIRI descendant Piper Tolbert could one day hold the highest office in the land.

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2020 Board Election

The CIRI Nominating Committee is seeking CIRI shareholders interested in nomination to the 2020 CIRI Board of Directors’ candidate slate.

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ANJC Voices for Justice Fundraiser

Join the Alaska Native Justice Center on Nov. 6 for its annual Voices for Justice Fundraiser.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Oct. 14, 2019

A recognition of America’s First Peoples and a celebration of Native survival and endurance, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, observed the second Monday of October, has replaced Columbus Day in eight states.

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CIRI News

2019 CIRI Elder, Shareholder and Youth Awards

Join us in congratulating William “Bill” English Sr., Chief Gary Harrison and Kiona Kuhn!

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2019 Youth Art Contest Winners

Join us in congratulating Aidan Gilliam, Brooklyn Koenigs, Zoe Pagano and Malaya Meyer!

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Save the Date: Northwest Friendship Potlatch

Please RSVP for the Northwest Friendship Potlatch, to be held Saturday, Nov. 9 in Puyallup, Washington.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to increase awareness of breast cancer and help those affected by the disease.

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Fourth Quarter Distributions

CST distributions in the amount of $10.51/share will be mailed or directly deposited Tuesday, Dec. 10. Elders’ Settlement Trust distributions of $450 will be mailed or directly deposited Friday, Dec. 13.

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Anchorage Plastic Bag Ban

Effective Sept. 15, Anchorage retailers stopped providing plastic bags to shoppers.

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Save the Date: CIRI Holiday Craft Bazaar

CIRI’s Holiday Craft Bazaar will host approximately 60 Alaska Native artists selling an array of unique handmade items, including beadwork, carvings, clothing, jewelry, woven baskets and more.

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Alaska Contends with a Busy Wildland Fire Season

If you looked outside your window this summer, you know that Alaska faced an extremely active fire season.

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September is National Preparedness Month

Prepare now to have the tools and plans in place to make it on your own, no matter where you are when disaster strikes.

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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Descendant Spotlight: Caleb King

CIRI descendant Caleb King lives in the Midwest, but his heart belongs to Alaska.

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Native Village of Eklutna Unveils Interpretive Wayside

Representatives from CIRI were pleased to accept an invitation from the Native Village of Eklutna for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Interpretive Wayside art installation at present-day Ship Creek in Anchorage.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Alaska Native Heritage Center

A gathering place where Alaska Native cultures are nurtured and shared with visitors from all over the state and the world, for 20 years the Alaska Native Heritage Center has functioned as a “living museum.”

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CIRI Summer Interns Showcase

On Friday, Aug. 16, CIRI’s summer interns shared with CIRI staff and several Board members all they learned this summer.

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Recovery Through Adventure

Adventure therapy is having a moment. Increasing studies show that it holds benefits for people experiencing trauma, alcoholism, abuse—even gaming addiction.

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Save the Date: 2019 Friendship Potlatches

CIRI and The CIRI Foundation Friendship Potlatches offer CIRI shareholders an opportunity to socialize and celebrate important cultural traditions with family and friends.

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Save the Date: CIRI’s Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar

CIRI’s Holiday Craft Bazaar will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in Anchorage.

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Save the Date: 2019 Annual AFN Convention

The 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention will be held Thursday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 19 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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CIRI News

Second Annual CIRI C3 Experience Bigger and Better than Before

Whether delving into Alaska Native culture, preparing for college or figuring out what it takes to make it in the “real world,” participants at the second annual CIRI C3 Experience were eager to embrace it all.

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You can Help Reduce CIRI’s Environmental Impact

From the comfort of their own homes, shareholders can read the latest CIRI news, update their mailing addresses and other contact information, RSVP for events and even vote in Board elections.

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Shareholder-Owned Business

Beaver Tales Coffee is owned by original CIRI shareholder Fredrick Dean Bell.

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National Immunization Awareness Month

A program of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Awareness Month is held each August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

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CIRI Summer Interns Help Out at Knik Culture Camp

On July 9, CIRI summer interns Rachel Crosley, Ainsley Fullmer, Aubrey Nay and Jordyn Ransom drove out to assist Knik Tribal Council with its annual summer culture camp.

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Update: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment

Eligible veterans asked to update addresses ASAP; VA to provide list of potential applicants by Sept. 19.

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North Wind Group Opens New Office in Guam

CIRI subsidiary North Wind Group’s new office in Guam was commemorated Feb. 7 with an open house and partner outreach, which included a traditional Chamorro blessing ceremony.

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Annual Check Program Change: Checks to Issue in September

To address the problems associated with owners of fractional or small amounts of CIRI stock not cashing their checks, some years back, CIRI implemented an Annual Check Program.

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A Message from the CIRI Board of Directors

The CIRI Board of Directors has been closely monitoring the actions of Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration since he took office just over eight months ago.

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Meet CIRI’s 2019 Summer Interns

As part of CIRI’s company-wide recommitment to deliver benefits that allow shareholders and descendants an opportunity to advance in their careers and lives, in 2015, CIRI significantly expanded its summer internship program.

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