2011 Archive

Nominate now for the 2012 NANA Shareholder Awards

It's time to nominate people for the 2012 NANA Shareholder Awards - Shareholder of the Year, Elder of the Year, Youth of the Year and the Richard Baenen Award. Download nomination forms at nana.com/forms.

NANA and RurAL CAP Energy Wise on APRN

Alaska Public Radio Network coverage of NANA Regional Corporation's sponsorship of the RurAL CAP Energy Wise program in the NANA region.

2011 Shareholder Opinion Survey Drawing Winners Announced

Dittman Research randomly selected the following winners for the 2011 NANA Shareholder Opinion Survey drawing. If you are a winner of one of these prizes, please contact Martha Cervantes at 1-800-478-2000.

NovaGold signs deal with Alaska native group regarding Ambler project

VANCOUVER - NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG) has signed a deal with NANA Regional Corp. Inc., an Alaska Native corporation, regarding the mining company's Ambler project.

The agreement consolidates NovaGold's and NANA's land holdings into a 180,000-hectare land package and provides a framework for the exploration and development of region.

NANA Announces 2011 Shareholder Dividend

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. announced that the board of directors declared a dividend of $14.70 per share payable on or about November 14, 2011, to shareholders of record as of October 31, 2011.

The new Nullaġvik Hotel opens in Kotzebue, Alaska

The new Nullaġvik Hotel, owned by NANA, opened its doors today to all visitors and northwest Alaska. The modern hotel, located on Shore Avenue in Kotzebue has been under construction for the past two years and is expected to be a comfortable place to stay for years to come.

Alaska grapples with rural energy puzzle

Alaska has enormous quantities of untapped or under-utilized energy resources, including some of the highest concentrations of fossil and renewable energy resources on earth. In addition to vast oil and natural gas resources, primarily located on the North Slope and in Cook Inlet, the state has proven coal reserves that rank as the fourth-largest fossil energy resource in the world. Nature also bestowed significant undeveloped geothermal resources in the volcanic art of the Aleutian Islands, abundant untapped hydropower, wind, and biomass resources, and the majority of the tidal and wave power potential in the United States.

NANA, Nova may partner on Northwest mine projects

NANA Regional Corp. is close to an agreement with NovaGold Resources Inc., of Vancouver, B.C., on a partnership to jointly explore and possibly develop copper and zinc resources in the Ambler mining district of Northwest Alaska.

Mines emerge as key support for economy

Alaska-Washington Connection story by Rose Ragsdale - When one considers the impact of the mining industry on Alaska’s economy, the hundreds of high-paying jobs created by large mines such as Red Dog, Fort Knox and Greens Creek and the recent mineral exploration boom are what immediately come to mind.

NANA profits shine with longtime diversification strategy

A strategic business plan adopted in the mid-1990s by NANA Regional Corp. for its business subsidiary, NANA Development Corp., has served the company well through the ups and downs of the economy, including the sharp national recession that began in 2009.

NANA Development Corporation purchases Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Services Company-Grand Isle Shipyard

July 25, 2011 - Anchorage, Alaska -  With an eye toward future growth in Alaska, Louisiana and across the country, NANA Development Corporation (NDC) and Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc. (GIS) are taking a giant step in their evolution. NDC has purchased GIS.

$1.25 million from Teck supports Northwest schools leadership program

Representatives from Teck, the company that manages Red Dog Operations, announced yesterday that Teck will donate $1.25 million over the next five years to the Northwest Arctic Borough School District Youth Leaders Program - a suicide prevention and youth leadership program based in the Northwest Arctic schools.

Maniilaq Association to lay off approximately 40 employees

As of July 15, Maniilaq Association has had to lay off approximately forty of its employees due to budgetary shortfalls caused by issues in Indian Health Service funding. Maniilaq provides health, social service and tribal programs to the NANA region and Point Hope.

Science and engineering program engaging middle school students

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) is geared toward developing more Alaska Native students' interest and success in the sciences - with the goal of more graduating as engineers and professional scientists. This is the second year that ANSEP has begun working with younger students - middle schoolers - using fun, creative activities to teach and engage.

2011 summer barge hauls begin at Red Dog Mine

The summer shipping season began Monday at one of the world's largest zinc mines, in a record-early start thanks to melting ice.

Willie and Elizabeth Hensley to speak at ANCSA event

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host Willie Hensley and his daughter, Elizabeth Hensley, for a free public lecture Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. in the Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus. The Hensleys will discuss the history of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and offer the perspective of a younger generation. The event will be webstreamed live at www.alaskalivestream.com.

Teck partners with Micronutrient Initiative to implement lifesaving zinc treatment programs

Teck, NANA's partner at the Red Dog Mine, is working with the government of Canada and the Micronutrient Initiative to improve children's health.

ANTHC names new behavioral health director

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) recently named Laura Báez Director of BehavioralHealth for its Division of Community Health Services.

Indigenous knowledge moves forward at Arctic Imperative summit

An international gathering of policy makers, ambassadors and CEOs discussed the future of the melting Arctic at a summit on Monday, and many of them stressed the need for indigenous input before any development occurs.

Members of the illustrious lineup often voiced support for traditional knowledge, with some saying it has important scientific value.

Village Safe Water process streamlined, MOU signed by key agencies

Murkowski welcomes streamlined process for Village Safe Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today applauded the new Memorandum of Understanding signed today – by Native, Alaska State and Federal representatives – as a crucial step forward in eliminating much of the bureaucracy delaying basic infrastructure such as water and wastewater projects in rural villages.  “I am pleased that the language I made sure was in the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to streamline the Village Safe Water Program has gotten us to a simpler, smoother process given Alaska’s unique challenges,” said Murkowski.

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Rep. Young Votes To Reverse OCS Moratorium

Washington, DC - May 13, 2011 - from Alaska Business Monthly - Alaskan Congressman Don Young voted yes today on H.R. 1231 which will reverse President Obama's moratorium on offshore drilling. This bill requires the Administration to move forward with offshore lease sales in areas containing the most oil and natural gas. Based on the government's own estimates of our oil and natural resources, this will open up areas in the North and Central Atlantic Coasts, the Southern California Coast, and offshore Alaska. This bill also requires the Secretary to set specific production goals for five-year plans. For the 2012-2017 plan it sets a goal of 3 million barrels of oil per day and 10 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day by 2027. H.R. 1231 passed with a bipartisan vote of 243-179.

Sen. Begich’s Statement on Defeat of McCain 8(a) Amendment

May 11, 2011 - Release from the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today released the following statement after an amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hurting the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program was defeated during a business meeting of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, of which Begich is a member.

Mining increases economic clout across state, industry says

Anchorage, Alaska - May 6, 2011 - Alaska Journal of Commerce - Mines operating in Alaska are injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the state's economy, particularly benefiting the state's larger communities where support companies are based. Increasingly, employees of mining companies operating in remote areas are living in the state's larger communities, although Alaska's operating mines employ workers from about 120 communities statewide.

Red Dog mine company honored with governor’s award

Anchorage, Alaska - May 6, 2011 - Governor Sean Parnell announced the five winners of the 2011 Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence, a press release from his office said. Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Commissioner Susan Bell presented the awards at the annual Export Alaska luncheon in Anchorage. The recipients are: ·Teck Resources Limited for export and foreign investment; · PolyEarth Construction International for export of services; · HAI Shirokuma Tours, LLC for visitor industry promotion; · Affinity Films for cultural exchange; and · Turnagain Elementary School Russian Immersion Program for education. "The North Star awards turn the spotlight on those who export services, who attract visitors, who prepare today's students for international opportunities tomorrow, and who understand the importance of one-to-one cultural exchange," Governor Parnell said. "Alaskans know the importance of international connections and how to make those connections work for the benefit of our communities." Teck Resources Limited and its important operations at the Red Dog Mine earned a Governor's North Star Award for Excellence in both trade and foreign investment.

Inupiat Spirit Thrives in Two Worlds

Anchorage, Alaska - April 25, 2011 -Two Worlds, One Spirit” is a motto that encompasses NANA Regional Corp.’s dedication to developing its natural resources in a way that preserves the integrity of its land and the traditional values of the people who have called Northwest Alaska home for millennia. “At NANA we like to say we live in two worlds but have one spirit – meaning that we will not forsake our traditional values when participating in the modern economy. We can be Native people and bring Native values to the table when looking at business opportunities. In fact, I think it is our greatest strength,” NANA President and CEO Marie Greene told an audience at the 11th Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly held in Nuuk, Greenland last July. In partnership with Teck Resources Ltd., NANA has been mining the zinc-rich ore at Red Dog since 1989. The income from this world-class zinc mine has served as a catalyst to grow the Inupiat-owned company into a global enterprise that generated US$1.6 billion in revenue in 2010.

NANA looks beyond Red Dog Mine

NANA Regional Corp. is on the hunt for mineral deposits that will continue to sustain the economic well- being of its 12,500 shareholders beyond the life of the Red Dog Mine. “We know that one day we will be done mining at Red Dog, and it is our hope that we will keep finding deposits around the area,” NANA Regional Corp. President and CEO Marie Greene told Mining News during an April 11 interview. Aqqaluk, a zinc-rich deposit that NANA and partner Teck Resources Ltd. began mining in 2010, is expected to extend the life of Red Dog until 2031.

NANA Distributes 2011 At-large Shareholder Dividend

Anchorage, Alaska – April 15, 2011 – Today, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. distributed resource proceeds from sources within the NANA Region and from other Alaska Native Regional Corporations pursuant to Section 7(j) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to NANA shareholders who hold Class B (also known as At-Large) shares.

At-large Shares, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ regarding NANA's At-large, or Class B Alaska Native Claims Settlement Stock.

NANA continues blistering growth with eye on future

Arctic Sounder article recapping NANA's 2010 Annual Report and meeting

NANA Wins Corporate Advocate of the Year Award

Lauded for "unwavering support" of its shareholders, NANA recently became the first Alaska Native company to win the corporate advocate award presented by the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development. NANA won the Corporate Advocate of the Year Award at the center's 25th annual Reservation Economic Summit and American Indian Business Trade Fair in March in Las Vegas.

2011 NANA Annual Meeting Door Prizes

During the 2011 NANA Annual Meeting in Ambler, Alaska, held March 14, 2011, there were drawings for prizes in two categories - the "those present" category, and the "those who turned in a valid proxy" category. Below are the winners of all the prizes in each category, plus the Grand Prize.

NANA Shareholders Elect 2011 Board

On March 14, 2011 NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) held its 2011 Annual Meeting of NANA Shareholders in Ambler, Alaska. During that meeting, elections were held and the following board members elected to serve on the NANA board of directors:

Western Alaska gets a boost in fuel and freight deliveries

NorthStar Gas (NSG) announced today an alliance that will improve fuel and freight deliveries to remote Western Alaska communities. NSG is in the process of having its own shallow-draft fuel and deck cargo barge built in Portland, Ore. that will be operated by Delta Western. NANA Development Corporation is one of two Regional Corporations and 16 Village Corporations that own NSG.

Take zinc to fight a cold, say scientists

While zinc is perhaps best known for protecting cars against rust, in minute quantities it has a host of important physiological functions. Now a review of 15 clinical trials published since 1984 has concluded that taking supplements can reduce the length of a cold and help ward one off in the first place.

NANA First Private Employer to Fund RurAL CAP’s Energy Wise in Alaska

In response to the energy crisis in northwest Alaska, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc.‘s (NANA) board of directors approved NANA’s participation in an exciting new partnership with the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) to deliver RurAL CAP’s Energy Wise program to NANA communities in 2011.

NANA Development Corporation Part of Team Submitting Proposal for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Con

NANA Development Corporation's ASTS-Akima Logistics Service Joint Venture is part of a team submitting a proposal for ground-based midcourse defense contract. HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it has submitted its proposal for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) GMD Joint Program Office. The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team completed delivery of the proposal yesterday, Jan. 27.

Alaska Natives team with software maker in language project

Qaqasauraq. Noun. The modern Inupiaq term for a computer. Loosely translated, it means "little brain." Ready to learn more? Fire up the qaqasauraq for the latest of three new computer programs designed to teach variations of the fading Alaska Native language

NANA’s DOWL HKM is Named VSE Corporation 2010 Small Business Supplier of Choice

DOWL HKM was named VSE Corporation (ICRC Division) 2010 Small Business Supplier of Choice for outstanding project management services. DOWL HKM, a civil and structural engineering company, was founded on April 1, 2008 when DOWL Engineers and HKM Engineering merged and formed DOWL HKM. The new company has 17 offices in five states, nearly 400 employees, and more than $50 million in revenue. Since 2008, DOWL HKM has been a key ICRC team member on the Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project (PIEP).

NANA Regional Corporation Files Intent to Sue Over Polar Bear Critical Habitat Designation

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA), Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) and the North Slope Borough are part of a coalition of Alaska Native groups from the North Slope, northwest and southwest Alaska that have notified the Department of the Interior of their intent to seek judicial relief for the department's violation of the Endangered Species Act. The plaintiffs believe the federal government broke the law when it ignored the concerns of the Alaska Native community and designated more than 187,000 square miles as critical habitat for polar bears on Alaska's North Slope. That's an area larger than the state of California.

2011 Shareholder Awards Nomination Deadline - Jan. 14

Announcement of upcoming deadline for 2011 Shareholder Awards

Opportunity! Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards

Announcement of Rasmuson Foundation's Individual Artist Awards for 2011