Category Archives: BSNC Region News

Chinese Research Vessel Visits our Region

This Summer starting in mid-July, the Chinese icebreaking research vessel XUE LONG will travel through the Bering Strait conducting research in close proximity to several of our communities. It is expected that Nome and Little Diomede will have good views of the research vessel as it traverses the Strait. This will be the vessel’s sixth […]

BSNC Honors 2017 Elders of the Year

BSNC HONORS ELDERS SELECTED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE VILLAGE CORPORATIONS FOR 2017 In appreciation for all your accomplishments in maintaining our traditional lifestyle and the determination to share your valuable knowledge with our youth in preserving our culture and heritage of the Bering Straits Region. COUNCIL NATIVE CORPORATION Ruth Bernhardt GOLOVIN NATIVE CORPORATION Robert S. Amarok […]

2017 Annual Meeting Results

BSNC held its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Saturday, Oct. 7 in Nome, Alaska. Shareholders voted on the election of five board directors. Incumbents Henry Ivanoff Sr., Robert K. Evans, Roy C. Ashenfelter and Homer E. Hoogendorn were reelected and Deborah Atuk was newly elected to the Board. Directors serve three-year terms. Drawings were […]

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 Announces 2017 Shareholder Dividend Distribution

The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors has declared a record-high dividend of $3.75 per share to be issued in December. The average BSNC shareholder who owns 100 shares of stock will receive $375. The total 2017 distribution will be approximately $2.4 million to BSNC’s shareholders of record. Since 1972, BSNC has distributed […]

BSNC Declares Special Elders’ Dividend Distribution

The Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) Board of Directors voted on Aug. 10 to declare a one-time 2017 special Elder dividend distribution of $750, an increase of $250 more than the 2016 special Elder distribution. This special distribution will be paid to original BSNC shareholders who are 65 years of age or older on Nov. […]

Larry Pederson Promoted to VP of Nome Operations, Lands

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

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 […]

Iyabak Construction, LLC Completes Major Renovation to BSWG Shelter

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

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 […]

Ivory Ban – What Does it Mean?

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, […]

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 […]

Historical Spotlight: Ted Katcheak and the Seward Peninsula Reindeer

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?

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

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 […]

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 […]

Shareholder Spotlight: SGT. E5 Reuben Mixsooke

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

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

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

(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 […]