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Historical Spotlight: Ted Katcheak and the Seward Peninsula Reindeer 9/9/2016 - Reindeer husbandry was introduced to the Seward Peninsula via Port Clarence in 1892 by Sheldon Jackson, due to a severe decline in the Western Arctic Caribou herd population. Currently, there are approximately 21 reindeer herders and 20,000 reindeer in western Alaska. These herders belong to the Kawerak Reindeer Herders Association, which provides assistance in the [...]
Pilgrim Hot Springs: What’s Going On? 9/9/2016 - As the managing partner of Unaatuq, LLC, BSNC thanks the residents of Nome and the surrounding communities, as well as the visitors to our region for their support of new activities at Pilgrim Hot Springs this year. There has been a great deal of effort put into collecting debris and general clean-up of the property. [...]
BSNC Shareholder Selected as an AFN Keynote Speaker 9/9/2016 - BSNC shareholder Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle was selected by the Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors to deliver the convention keynote address with Emil Notti. Alvanna-Stimpfle and Notti will speak on the first day of the three-day meeting taking place Oct. 20-22, 2016 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. “Our generation is to inherit our [...]
A Message from the President & CEO 9/9/2016 - As Summer comes to a close, I hope that everyone who was able to engage in our traditional subsistence activities had success this past Spring and Summer in harvesting fish, picking berries, and hunting walrus, seals, oogruks, moose and caribou. It was very rewarding to see our youth continue to provide our elders with a [...]
Guide to BSNC’s 2016 Annual Report 9/9/2016 - UNDERSTANDING BSNC’S FINANCIAL STATEMENTS BSNC recently released its 2016 Annual Report. The Annual Report includes an independent auditor’s report, which includes financial statements that detail the company’s performance. Independent auditor RSM US LLP audited the financial statements and issued opinions as to BSNC’s conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. The consolidated financial statements are accompanied [...]
BSNC’s 2016 Internship Program a Success 9/9/2016 - 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 [...]
Shareholder Spotlight: SGT. E5 Reuben Mixsooke 9/9/2016 - BSNC shareholder Reuben Mixsooke is a Vietnam War Veteran who was drafted to the 59th Ordnance Company in September 1964. He took basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. and later at Fort Campbell, Ky. As the war in Vietnam worsened, Mixsooke’s unit boarded troop ship U.S.S. Breckenridge and arrived in Vung Tau, Vietnam 21 days [...]
Descendant Esau Sinnock Recognized for Environmental Stewardship 9/9/2016 - 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 [...]
BSDC: Brevig Mission Housing Project 9/9/2016 - Bering Straits Development Company (BSDC) has completed the construction of five highly energy-efficient and element resilient homes in Brevig Mission. Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority partnered with BSDC and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to construct the homes utilizing the “Integrated Truss” design model. The homes achieved a rare 6-Star energy efficiency rating and [...]
BSNC Young Providers Nomination Committee announces 2016 awardees 8/30/2016 - (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 [...]
Inuit Services to Place Mooring Systems, buoys, in Port Clarence 6/7/2016 - As a step toward improving marine safety in the Bering Strait region, Inuit Services, a Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) subsidiary, will be placing four commercial mooring systems in Port Clarence, the only deep water port of refuge in the American Arctic. Placement of the systems will occur in July of 2016, and the moorings [...]
A Message from the President & CEO 5/12/2016 - This Spring brought an unusually early arrival of warm weather and the corresponding return of migratory waterfowl to our Region. It’s the time for Spring hunting of waterfowl, seals and other marine mammals, and king crab harvesting! Because of warmer weather, the formation and thickness of sea ice decreased this past winter and limited access [...]
BSNC Announces Support to In-Region Nonprofits 4/5/2016 - Contact: Matt Ganley BSNC Vice President of Media & External Affairs Mganley@beringstraits.com (907) 632-7197 (Nome, Alaska) – The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors announced a major $150,000 contribution to the Northwestern Alaska Career and Technical Center (NACTEC), as well as $10,000 donations to each of the Bering Sea Women’s Group (BSWG) and [...]
Kevin Ivanoff Promoted to Vice President, IT 4/5/2016 - Contact: Matt Ganley BSNC Vice President of Media & External Affairs (907) 632-7197 (Anchorage, Alaska) – Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) today announced the promotion of Kevin Ivanoff to Vice President of Information Technology (IT). Ivanoff formerly served as BSNC’s Senior Director of IT. In his new role, Ivanoff will guide the overall technology direction [...]
BSNC Shareholders Recognized at AFN 4/4/2016 - BSNC congratulates shareholders Dr. Barb (QasuGlana) Amarok, Carol Huntington and Dr. Nora Nagaruk Aiyuu who each received Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) President’s awards. Dr. Barb “Qasuglana” Amarok received the Eileen Panigeo MacLean Education award for helping to improve educational opportunities for Alaska Native people. Carol Huntington received the Hannah Paul Solomon “Women of Courage” [...]
BSNC Shareholders, Descendants Selected as U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors 4/4/2016 - BSNC is proud to announce that Samuel Tocktoo, a shareholder from Shishmaref, and descendants Willie Drake of Anchorage, Esau Sinnok of Shishmaref, and Grace Ongtowasruk of Teller, were selected to be U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors for the 2015-2017 Arctic Council Chairmanship. Jannelle Trowbridge of Nome is also participating in the Arctic Youth Ambassador Program. The [...]
A Message from the President & CEO 4/4/2016 - As the year 2016 starts off, I would like to take the opportunity to thank BSNC’s shareholders for their continued support for and involvement in their corporation. Fiscal year 2015 was the 11th consecutive year that BSNC experienced financial growth. We now have more than 1,300 employees working across the globe for BSNC and its [...]
Introducing Board Director Ella Anagick 4/4/2016 - Ella Anagick was elected to BSNC’s Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on Oct. 3 in Nome. Anagick was born and raised in Unalakleet and is the daughter of Betty Anagick and the late Lowell Anagick. She attended Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. Anagick [...]
BSNC Conducts Open Enrollment Survey 4/4/2016 - This past August, the BSNC Board of Directors tasked staff to commission a preliminary survey to measure shareholder sentiment concerning open enrollment and their understanding of the effects of issuing corporate stock to those born after 1971.¹ The survey is only one step in a process that will have the Board of Directors and management [...]
BSNC Subsidiary Awarded Contract to Decommission Fuel Tanks 4/4/2016 - Eagle Eye Electric LLC (Eagle Eye), a Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) subsidiary, was awarded a contract by the Alaska Army National Guard to drain and close diesel fuel tanks in multiple Alaska communities. Unused fuel will be donated to local tribal organizations. Eagle Eye will filter the diesel fuel for water and sediment prior [...]
BSNC Subsidiary Awarded 7-Year Contract for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 4/4/2016 - BSNC subsidiary Global Precision Systems, LLC (GPS) won a contract to operate the El Paso Service Processing Center in Texas over a 7-year period for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Duties at the site include employing detention officers, transportation officers and food service staff to operate the Center. The Center houses approximately 700 detainees. [...]
BSNC Employee is America’s Best Santa 4/4/2016 - Paul Kudla, a resident of Nome and truck driver for Stampede Ventures Inc., a BSNC subsidiary, competed on TruTv’s show “Santas in the Barn.” In the holiday-themed reality show, 10 diverse Santas competed in hilarious challenges that ranged from chimney climbing and sleigh stuffing to Christmas caroling and building gingerbread houses on ice. Over the [...]
BSF receives $20,000 donation from the Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation 4/4/2016 - BSNC and BSF sincerely thank shareholder Cindy (Towarak) Massie and her husband Thomas for their generous $20,000 donation to the Bering Straits Foundation. Cindy’s parents are the late Clarence and Guerie Towarak of Unalakleet. Cindy and Tom also made a generous $15,000 donation in 2007. Cindy stated, “Being from the Bering Strait region, I know [...]
H.R. 4188 Passes Congress 2/3/2016 - Contact: Matt Ganley, BSNC Vice President, Media and External Affairs (907) 344-7212 mganley@beringstraits.com The United States Congress passed legislation on Feb. 1, 2016 which included language that authorized the transfer of Port Clarence to BSNC, the State of Alaska and the U.S. Coast Guard. President Obama signed the legislation into law on Feb. 8. The [...]
BSNC CFO Appointed to AEDC Board 12/29/2015 - BSNC Chief Financial Officer Laura Edmondson was appointed to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Board of Directors on Dec. 2. Her term begins on Jan. 1, 2016 and runs through 2017. AEDC is a nonprofit corporation that was established in 1987 to encourage growth and diversity in the Anchorage economy, promote a favorable business [...]
BSNC Descendant/ Intern Willie Drake selected as a U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador 11/20/2015 - (Anchorage, Alaska) – Bering Straits Native Corporation is proud to announce that BSNC Descendant/ Intern, Willie Drake, has been selected as a U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador for the 2015-2017 Arctic Council Chairmanship. As an Arctic Youth Ambassador, Drake will help build awareness at home and abroad on how to sustain communities, cultures and the environment [...]
BSNC TO SURVEY RANDOMLY SELECTED SHAREHOLDERS 11/16/2015 - In 2012, the Open Enrollment Subcommittee was established by the BSNC Board to assess the feasibility of opening the rolls to descendants of original shareholders. The BSNC Board of Directors continues to evaluate open enrollment for descendants of BSNC shareholders born after Dec. 18, 1971. BSNC currently issues two classes of shares: Class A shares [...]
BSNC/ Alaska Gold Company Complete Reclamation at Rock Creek Mine 11/5/2015 - Contact: Matt Ganley BSNC Vice President of Media & External Affairs (907) 632-7197 Bering Straits Native Corporation’s (BSNC) subsidiary Alaska Gold Company (AGC) is pleased to announce that reclamation activities at the Rock Creek Mine have come to a successful close. The Rock Creek Mine was included in the 2012 purchase of AGC by BSNC, and [...]
BSNC 2015 Annual Meeting Results 10/14/2015 - (Nome, Alaska) – BSNC held its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Saturday, Oct. 3 in Nome, Alaska. Shareholders voted on the election of five board directors. Incumbents Neal W. Foster, Steve P. Ivanoff, Jason Evans and Lee Ryan were reelected and Ella A. Anagick was newly elected to the Board. Directors serve three-year terms. [...]
5th Annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Legal Clinic 10/13/2015 - (Anchorage, AK) – Local volunteer attorneys will staff a legal clinic for Alaska Natives on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Dena’ina Center during the annual AFN Convention. Appointments are scheduled in advance between 10 am – 3 pm. In honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich, 28 local attorneys will volunteer to see clients. Appointments are for one [...]