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BSNC Announces 2019 Shareholder Dividend Distribution

The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors has declared a record-high dividend of $7.00 per share to be issued in December, an increase of $2.00 more than the 2018 shareholder dividend. The average BSNC shareholder who owns 100 shares of stock will receive $700. This dividend distribution will be paid through the BSNC […]

BSNC Announces 2019 Elder Dividend Distribution

The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors has voted to declare a 2019 special Elder dividend distribution of $1,500, an increase of $500 more than the 2018 special Elder distribution. This special distribution will be paid through the BSNC Beringia Settlement Trust on a tax-free basis to original BSNC shareholders who are 65 […]

Message to Shareholders Regarding GPS Contract

Dear BSNC Shareholders, Border control centers continue to garner national media attention. As you may recall, in 2015, BSNC subsidiary Global Precision Systems LLC (GPS) was awarded a 7-year contract to provide staff to help operate the El Paso, Texas Service Processing Center (the “Center”). We provide adult transportation services, detention officers and food service […]

Village Life Stories

The Calm Ocean Water by Jermaine

There was a year when my father and I would wake up every day exactly at eight o’clock in the morning. We woke up every morning because we wanted to go see how the weather for the day would be, except we wouldn’t check the weather anywhere else but at the west beach. We went […]

BSNC Announces Hire of New Vice President and General Counsel

BSNC is pleased to announce that Mary L. Pate has joined BSNC as Vice President and General Counsel. Pate brings many years of experience in legal matters, corporate governance, litigation, commercial transactions, Native and employment law, risk management and compliance. Pate joins BSNC from NANA where she served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.  […]

BSNC Increases Scholarship Support

Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) will double scholarship funding for undergraduate, graduate and vocational Bering Straits Foundation (BSF) student recipients. Newly approved scholarship increases will be offered for the fall 2019 term. “BSNC is very proud to invest in its shareholders and descendants,” said BSNC President & CEO Gail R. Schubert. “I encourage our students […]

Village Life Stories

Whaling in Gambell, Alaska by Ethan

There was a crew of Native men that always went boating from spring to the end of summer time. One morning, they were getting ready to go out whaling, dressing up warmly, making hot beverages, and making food for the trip. As soon as they were done getting ready, they then picked up the gasoline […]

Village Life Stories

Grandma’s Secret Berry Picking Spot by Sarah

As I looked all over, there were trees like giants in one corner and mountains in the other. “Where are we grandma? I don’t remember this place.” “That’s because you never been to my secret berry picking place.” she replied smiling. My Grandma was still sitting on her four wheeler with her eyes meeting the […]

BSNC Hires Shareholder Lucille Sands as new Shareholder Development Director

Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) is pleased to announce the hire of shareholder Lucille Sands for the newly-created position of Shareholder Development Director. In this new position, Sands will actively design and implement strategies to align shareholder development with organizational goals and business needs, work to recruit shareholders and descendants for open positions, source qualified […]

Village Life Stories

Arctic Arc by BSNC shareholder Vernae Angnaboogok of Wales

The Iñupiat community of Wales, Alaska, traditionally known as Kiŋigin, lies along a long sandy beach at the base of the Wales Mountain and is located at the most northwestern tip of the Seward Peninsula on the Cape Prince of Wales. Kiŋigin rests alongside the Bering Sea, about 25 miles from Big Diomede Island, traditionally […]

Village Life Stories

About Shishmaref and Hunting by Kaden

Hunting walrus we need to go in the ocean. Walrus do not be on the ground they be on the ice. Walrus snore really loud. When we shoot not too far from the walrus, they don’t wake up. Hunting walrus it is very dangerous. The walrus can make a hole in our boat. Some Walruses […]

BSF Welcomes Three New Directors

The Bering Straits Foundation (BSF) welcomes Jed Ballard, Kevin Dillard, and Luisa Machuca to its Board of Directors. Ballard, Dillard and Machuca joined the BSF board on March 18. BSF and BSNC thanks outgoing directors Tabetha Toloff, Clara Langton, and Kirsten Timbers for their committed service to the Foundation. BSNC shareholder Jed Ballard is the […]

BSNC Announces Executive Promotions

BSNC has announced three promotions within the company’s senior management team. Krystal Nelson was promoted to Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Dan Graham was promoted to Senior Vice President and Karla Grumman was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer/Associate Vice President. “Krystal, Dan and Karla have contributed significantly to the success and growth of BSNC,” […]

Shareholder Spotlight: Dr. Donny Olson

BSNC shareholder Dr. Donald (Donny) Olson is known by many throughout the Bering Strait region. Dr. Olson was born to Martin and Maggie Olson in Nome and raised in Golovin. He has an extensive list of academic credentials and his occupations include physician, pilot, businessman, reindeer herder and state senator. Dr. Olson attended Covenant High […]

Spring 2019

A Message from the President & CEO

The longer days we are now seeing are a welcome and telltale sign of spring. This past winter produced record snow for some of our villages, and several others experienced a complete loss of shorefast and winter ice coverage more than once during this time. The sun’s reappearance brings renewed energy, an increase in time […]

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 […]

In Memoriam: Shareholder Lela Kiana Oman

BSNC shareholder Lela Kiana Oman passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family members on Monday, July 9. Lela was BSNC’s oldest shareholder at 102 and a half years of age. Lela was born in 1915 in Noorvik, Alaska. She moved to Nome as a young girl and resided there for the remainder of her life. […]

Lonny Piscoya Awarded Glenn Godfrey Law Enforcement Award

The Alaska Federation of Natives awarded BSNC shareholder Lieutenant Lonny Piscoya the Glenn Godfrey Law Enforcement Award. Lieutenant Piscoya’s law enforcement career has spanned nearly 25 years and during that time he has served Alaska and its communities from the Southeast panhandle to the Northern Interior. The knowledge he gained growing up in rural Alaska […]

In Memoriam: Shareholder June Degnan

BSNC mourns the passing of shareholder June Degnan who served on BSNC’s Board of Directors from 1985-1989. June passed away on July 9. Born in 1937 and raised in Unalakleet, June was the daughter of Ada and Frank Degnan. June earned a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science with Phi Kappa Phi Honors […]

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. […]