Category Archives: Descendant News

BSNC Announces Bereavement Assistance Increase to $2,500

The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors has voted to increase bereavement benefits from $1,500 to $2,500. Bereavement assistance helps defray the cost of funeral expenses for an original BSNC shareholder, a lineal descendent of an original BSNC shareholder, or the spouse of a living original BSNC shareholder. “We recognize that families have […]

BSNC Offers Scholarship for Maritime Career

BSNC is offering qualified shareholders and descendants a one-time scholarship for up to $2,000 for a career opportunity with Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The scholarship will help hired candidates obtain prerequisite TWIC and U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners certificates, and pay for air travel to ECO’s training facility in Louisiana. Once hired, training starts immediately. […]

U.S. Army to Repatriate Remains of Students Who Died at Boarding School

The U.S. Army will repatriate remains of young students buried at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. The school’s mission was to remove children from their culture and assimilate them into mainstream American culture. The boarding school operated between 1879 and 1918. More than 10,000 Native American children were required upon arrival to have […]

BSNC Interns Raise More Than $50,000 for BSF

This year, BSNC’s summer interns helped plan and host the Bering Straits Foundation (BSF) Art Auction that was held on July 17 at the Petroleum Club in Anchorage. Thanks to the many donors, the auction reached its goal of raising $50,000 to benefit BSF’s scholarship programs. BSNC and BSF sincerely thank the donors and artists […]

Shareholder Spotlight: Susan Benitez

BSNC shareholder Susan Benitez graduated this spring as student government association president from Bunker Hill Community College in Boston with two associate degrees in business and liberal arts. Benitez is a U.S. military veteran and has been accepted to Stanford University where she will study science, technology, and society. She was honored by the Massachusetts […]

Shareholder Spotlight: Dr. Heidi Aklaseaq Senungetuk

Dr. Heidi Aklaseaq Senungetuk earned a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology in 2017 at Wesleyan University, where she focused on Inupiaq music and dance. Following the completion of her doctorate, Dr. Senungetuk served McGill University as its first postdoctoral researcher in Indigenous Studies. She earned two degrees in violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music […]

Shareholder Kaylene Evans Crowned Miss WEIO

BSNC congratulates shareholder Kaylene Iñuuraq Evans of Nome, the newly-crowned 2018 Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics. Kaylene is the daughter of BSNC Director Bobby Evans and Kathleen Jaycox. “I would like to extend my deep appreciation for the role BSNC plays in our communities,” said Evans. “I graduated from Nome-Beltz High School and was very […]

Shareholder Spotlight: Tom Piscoya

BSNC shareholder and Bering Straits Foundation scholarship recipient Tom Piscoya is a Boeing 737 Captain for Alaska Airlines and has been flying professionally for more than 35 years. Captain Piscoya spent most of his childhood in Nome, where he remembers walking to grade school in his mukluks, and a great fascination for airplanes. As a […]

Historical Spotlight: 1918 Marks 100th Anniversary of Flu Pandemic

This October marked the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 pandemic of influenza, which swept the globe as World War I drew to a close. Worldwide, at least 2 billion people would contract the virus and 20 million people would succumb as the epidemic ran its course. For indigenous groups with little or no previous contact […]

NAPLP Accepting Applications for 2018 Program

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is accepting applications for the 2018 Program. The summer semester for this full scholarship program, offered to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, will take place June 4 to July 27, 2018 at the George Washington University. The NAPLP program involves rigorous coursework in applied politics, […]

BSNC Young Providers Nomination Committee Announces 2017 Awardees

Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) has announced the awardees of it 2017 Young Providers Award as Fisher Dill of Unalakleet and Corey Ningeulook of Shishmaref. The Young Providers Award honors young people from the BSNC region who contribute on a daily basis to the health and well-being of their families, communities and culture. The BSNC […]

BSNC Honors Young Providers and Elders at the 2016 Annual Meeting

BSNC awarded Sierra Tucker of Nome and Christian “Agragiiq” Apassingok of Gambell with the 2016 Young Providers Award at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Oct. 1. The Young Providers Award honors young people from the BSNC region who contribute on a daily basis to the health and well-being of their families, communities and […]

BSNC’s 2016 Internship Program a Success

BSNC hired six interns for its 2016 summer internship program. This year, BSNC partnered with several other Alaska Native organizations for additional workshops and networking opportunities. The interns practiced their budgeting skills at a “Financial Reality Fair” organized by Calista, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and Alyeska Pipeline and networked with other interns at an […]

Descendant Esau Sinnock Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

BSNC descendant Esau Sinnok is helping get the word out on erosion caused by climate change. Originally from Shishmaref, Sinnok became involved in the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA), a program that inspires and trains rural and urban youth leaders to impact environmental issues. Since then, Sinnok has traveled around the world to advocate […]

BSNC Young Providers Nomination Committee announces 2016 awardees

(Nome, Alaska) – Bering Straits Native Corporation has announced the awardees for the 2016 Young Providers Award as Sierra Tucker of Nome and Christian “Agragiiq” Apassingok of Gambell. The Young Providers Award honors young people from the BSNC region who contribute on a daily basis to the health and well-being of their families, communities and […]