Category Archives: BSNC Region News

Federal Subsistence Fisheries Regulation Consultation

The Federal Subsistence Board will hold a consultation on April 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. via teleconference for tribal leaders and delegates to discuss proposals to change Federal Subsistence Fisheries Regulations. To participate in the teleconference, call the toll-free number 1 (888) 566-1030 and enter the passcode (3344290). If you plan to participate in this […]

BSNC Announces Special Emergency Elder Dividend Distribution

The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors has voted to declare a special emergency Elder dividend distribution of $250. This special distribution will be paid through the BSNC Beringia Settlement Trust on a tax-free basis to original BSNC shareholders who are 65 years of age or older on March 20, 2020, the date […]

BSNC Announces Emergency Dividend Distribution

The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors has voted to declare a special dividend of $3.00 per share to be distributed the week of March 23. The average BSNC shareholder who owns 100 shares of stock will receive $300. This dividend distribution will be paid through the BSNC Beringia Settlement Trust so that […]

Statement from the Aurora Inn & Suites, a BSNC Company

The safety, comfort and well-being of our guests, hotel employees and our home community of Nome remain the Aurora Inn & Suites’ highest priority. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aurora Inn & Suites has taken precautionary measures to protect guests, employees and the public. The BSDC Board authorized staff to close the Aurora Inn […]

2020 Census

Participating in the Census determines how billions of federal dollars will be spent over the next 10 years. Historically, Alaska Natives have been hard to count. As a result, tribal programs—like Head Start—have been underfunded. If you’re Alaska Native, you can help our communities and families get our fair share by answering two questions. The […]

Record of Decision (ROD) North River Radio Relay Station; Unalakleet, Alaska

Record of Decision (ROD) North River Radio Relay Station; Unalakleet, Alaska Eagle Eye Electric (a Bering Straits Company) This ROD Amendment documents a change to the remedy selected for the cleanup of contaminated soil at the North River Radio Relay Station site. As the lead agency, the United States Air Force (USAF) has selected a […]

2020 Census: List of Federally Recognized Tribes in the Bering Strait Region

As you may know, the 2020 Census began here in Alaska on Jan. 21, 2020 in Toksook Bay. The Census is quick, important and confidential and takes about 10 minutes but the results determine how billons of federal dollars will be spent over the next 10 years. If you’re Alaska Native, you can help our […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2018 Photo Contest Winners

BSNC thanks everyone who submitted photos for our sixth annual photo contest. The grand prize winner is shareholder Fred Sagoonick, who submitted a photo of a beautiful scenic view from the Shaktoolik Foothills overlooking Norton Sound, Beeson Slough, Besboro Island and Cape Denbigh. BSNC understands the cultural and economic importance of ivory carving to its […]

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 […]