Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) and Kawerak, Inc. are pleased to jointly announce their nomination of Loretta Ublugiaq Bullard as Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) co-chair. Bullard is known for her long history of leadership in Alaska. She is a Nome Eskimo Community tribal member and a BSNC, Doyon, Sealaska and Sitnasuak shareholder.
“Loretta’s longstanding service, leadership and commitment to rural Alaska is well known,” said BSNC President & CEO Gail R. Schubert. “Loretta has a proven track record of working together thoughtfully with our tribes, village corporations, and regional corporations and other entities. We are stronger when we all work together, in unity. She is familiar with the many obstacles that Alaska Native people face and she is well-prepared to help tackle them. Her service as co-chair of the AFN will provide a strong voice representing all Alaska Native people.”
“Loretta Bullard has dedicated her life to serving Alaska Native people,” said Kawerak, Inc. President & CEO Melanie Bahnke. “As the previous President of Kawerak, Inc., the tribal consortia in the Bering Strait Region, she laid a strong foundation for the organization to become a leading non-profit in advocacy and service delivery. She is currently serving on the Alaska Judicial Council, but has also been a leader in other forums, such as the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission, the AFN Board of Directors, the Denali Commission, and the national Self Governance Tribal Budget Advisory Committee. Loretta is as comfortable in a board room as she is on a boat, ATV, or snowmachine hunting to provide for her family. Loretta understands the challenges faced by Alaska Natives, and is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and put in the hard work to make concrete positive changes if she is elected AFN co-chair. Kawerak is proud to nominate her for this responsibility.”