BSNC Newsletters

A Message from the President & CEO 7/11/2017 - Summer is a beautiful time of year in the Bering Strait region. Ice and snow have given way in the warmer weather to open tundra and flowing waters. I have enjoyed reading the posts on social media of our Spring subsistence activities, including the harvests of abundant amounts of herring roe on seaweed, migratory bird [...]
Larry Pederson Promoted to VP of Nome Operations, Lands 6/2/2017 - BSNC shareholder Larry Pederson was promoted to Vice President of Nome Operations and Lands. Peterson formerly served as Vice President of Lands and Resources. In his new role, Pederson is responsible for the corporate and subsidiary operations in Nome. Pederson assumed many of the responsibilities of Jerald Brown, former Vice President of Nome Operations. Brown [...]
BSNC mourns passing of Jack Carpenter, former President and CEO 4/12/2017 - Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) will remember Jack Carpenter, former President and CEO of BSNC, as a friend and tireless advocate of the Corporation. Jack passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Jack was hired in 1990 as BSNC’s Chief Operating Officer, was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1991 and was again promoted to [...]
BSNC congratulates shareholder Robyn Emery 3/28/2017 - BSNC congratulates shareholder Robyn Emery, who will start the University of Washington’s Pathology / Molecular Medicine Ph.D. program next fall. She plans to focus on infectious disease research. She encourages other young people in their pursuit of higher education, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it! The opportunities are out there, you [...]
A Message from the President & CEO 3/14/2017 - I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter filled with seasonal outdoor activities with your loved ones and friends. Daylight is starting to return and many are already preparing for the return of spring hunting of migratory waterfowl, seals, other marine mammals and king crab harvesting! For thousands of years, the people of our region [...]
Iyabak Construction, LLC Completes Major Renovation to BSWG Shelter 3/14/2017 - Iyabak Construction, LLC, a subsidiary of Bering Straits Native Corporation, recently completed a major renovation to the Bering Sea Women’s Group (BSWG) Shelter as part of the State of Alaska’s Domestic Violence Shelter Deferred Maintenance Project. Located in Nome, BSWG is a nonprofit that provides programs and shelter for domestic violence victims. The shelter, originally [...]
Pilgrim Hot Springs Celebrates First Harvest 1/13/2017 - In 2015 BSNC, the managing member of Unaatuq, LLC, was awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Innovation Grant for a geothermal greenhouse at Pilgrim Hot Springs. In September approximately 15 lbs. of lettuce, 10 lbs. of chard, 30 lbs. of assorted onions and a variety of potatoes, radishes, carrots, turnips and herbs were harvested [...]
2016 Annual Meeting Results 12/22/2016 - BSNC held its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Anchorage, Alaska. Shareholders voted on the election of five board directors. Incumbents Gail R. Schubert, Louis Green, Eugene Asicksik and Tim Towarak were reelected and Charles Fagerstrom was newly elected to the Board. Directors serve three-year terms. Drawings were held for door [...]
BSNC hires Craig Richards as General Counsel 11/29/2016 - Contact: Matt Ganley BSNC Vice President of Media & External Affairs (907) 632-7197 Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) announced today that it has hired attorney Craig Richards as its Vice President & General Counsel. Mr. Richards will report to BSNC President & CEO Gail R. Schubert. Richards will offer counsel on legal matters and [...]
Ivory Ban – What Does it Mean? 11/22/2016 - On July 6, 2016, a near-total ban on commercial trade in African elephant ivory went into effect in the United States. This federal ban only applies to elephant ivory but a few states, including California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Washington, have passed laws that include walrus, mammoth and mastodon ivory. Under these laws, [...]
DNR recognizes BSNC subsidiary for Reclamation at Rock Creek Mine 11/15/2016 - Contact: Matt Ganley BSNC Vice President of Media & External Affairs (907) 632-7197 The Alaska Department of Natural Resources awarded Alaska Gold Company (AGC), a subsidiary of Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC), the 2016 Reclamation Award at the Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention luncheon for reclamation activities at the Rock Creek Mine on Tuesday, [...]
BSNC Board of Directors Announces 2016 Shareholder Dividend Distribution 11/7/2016 - The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $3.50 per share to be issued in December. The average BSNC shareholder who owns 100 shares of stock will receive $350. The total distribution will be approximately $2.2 million to BSNC’s shareholders of record. “This is a record high dividend and [...]
BSNC Declares Special Elders’ Dividend Distribution 11/7/2016 - The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors voted on Aug. 11 to declare a one-time special Elder dividend of $500. This special dividend will be paid to original BSNC shareholders who were 65 years of age or older on Nov. 10, 2016, the date of record. Checks will be mailed on or by [...]
BSNC Honors Young Providers and Elders at the 2016 Annual Meeting 10/14/2016 - 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 [...]
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 (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 [...]