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CIRI Raven's Circle September 2015



President Obama comes to Alaska

On August 31, nearly all of Alaska was abuzz with speculation and anticipation as President Barack Obama arrived in Anchorage for an extended visit to the state to address climate issues.

President Barack Obama waves to onlookers as the vessel Viewfinder disembarks for a tour of Resurrection Bay.

A word from the president, September 2015

CIRI is acutely aware of the concerns facing our state, the nation and the world as we all face climate change. We have taken several measures and made significant investments to reduce our reliance on carbon emissions.

Photo by Yuit, LLC.

Save the date: CIRI and TCF’s Friendship Potlatches

Fall is in the air, and that means one thing: It’s time, once again, for CIRI and The CIRI Foundation’s annual Friendship Potlatches.


Happy 104th birthday

CIRI shareholder Peter Paul Shadura celebrated his 104th birthday on July 2, making him CIRI’s oldest living shareholder.

Courtesy of Bridget James

Spotlight: John Warren Jr.

In 2008, a study revealed that sanitation was a serious issue in Kivalina. CIRI shareholder John Warren Jr. was moved to do something about the situation. “As an engineer, I couldn’t look the other way,” Warren says.

Courtesy of ANTHC

Remote deposit option for paper checks

Not interested in direct deposit of your CIRI distributions, but having difficulty getting to the bank to cash your checks? Many banks are now offering a new technology called “remote deposit.”


2015 Elizabeth Peratrovich legal clinic

Free legal clinic at the AFN Convention: Fri., Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., by appointment


Need help? Dial 2-1-1

No matter where you live, 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for connecting with a wide variety of vital resources in your community.


Raven Fund to provide scholarships

As CIRI shares continue to be gifted and inherited, the number of Alaska Native shareholders who are not original enrollees or lineal descendants has been increasing. In order to better serve this growing population, TCF has created the Raven Fund.


Cook Inlet Housing Authority earns national award

On Monday, Aug. 31, while visiting Anchorage, President Barack Obama announced that Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) was one of six organizations nationwide to be selected to participate in the ArtPlace American Community Development Investments program.


North Wind earns accolades, new contract

For the seventh consecutive year, North Wind Group (NWG), a CIRI company, has been recognized by Engineering New Record (ENR) as a top environmental firm.

North Wind, a CIRI company, was recently awarded a contract from the U.S. Department ofEnergy, and was also ranked as a top environmental firm. Photo by Jason Moore.

Summer Pike Derby removes invasive fish

This August, fishing in Tyonek and Beluga, Alaska, was more than just a fun way to spend some time outdoors. Participants in the 2015 Tyonek Tribal Conservation District (TTCD) Summer Pike Derby fished for pike as part of an effort to remove the invasive species from area lakes.

Tyonek and Beluga residents show off the pike caught as part of the 2015 TTCD Summer Pike Derby. Courtesy of TTCD.

In memory

View the obituaries of shareholders who have recently passed away.

Courtesy of Kim Petersen

Graduation announcement

CIRI descendant Daniel Brandenberger, a recipient of a scholarship from The CIRI Foundation, graduated from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) on June 20.

Courtesy of Stan Brandenberger

Shareholder 101, September 2015

So you don’t have a valid, up-to-date Stock Will on file with CIRI: What’s the big deal?

Stock Will Shareholder 101

Intern-al affairs, September 2015

What a year! The other interns and I had a blast this summer working behind the scenes at CIRI and getting to know the nice folks who make up the corporation.

Participants in CIRI’s summer internship program met with the CIRI Board at a lunch organized by Darla Graham, CIRI shareholderand manager of CIRI Shareholder Employment Programs. Photo by Joel Irwin.

Food for thought: CIRI supports Children’s Lunchbox at Muldoon Elementary

Imagine looking forward to school on Monday just because you know you’ll finally get a solid meal. That scenario is a reality for one out of every five students in the Anchorage School District.

CIRI employees prepare snacks for participants in The Children’sLunchbox program.

Save the date: Second annual holiday craft bazaar

CIRI invites its shareholders and descendants to showcase and sell their handmade Alaska Native crafts and artwork.

Craft Bazaar option 1

New directory to connect artists with buyers

After the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Craft Bazaar, CIRI shareholder and employee Carolyn Bickley wondered if there was another way she could help connect CIRI artists with customers.

CIRI artists will soon be able to use the Alaska Native Artist Directory to connect with potential customers. Photo by Joel Irwin.

2015 Annual AFN Convention

Alaska Airlines is offering a 15 percent discount for 2015 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention attendees.


Missing shareholders, September 2015

CIRI has received returned mail for the following shareholders.


Nonprofit Services and Programs

CIRI's family of nonprofit organizations provides educational, housing, employment, social and cultural services to CIRI shareholders, Alaska Natives and Native Americans, which benefits the community at large.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Cultural center, museum and education

Alaska Native Justice Center

Legal services for Alaska Natives and Native Americans

Cook Inlet Housing Authority

Affordable housing, healthy communities and economic development

The CIRI Foundation

Education funding and services for CIRI original enrollees and their descendants

Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Social, educational and employment services for Alaska Natives and Native Americans

Koahnic Broadcast Corp.

Broadcasting Alaska Native and Native American voices to Anchorage and the nation

Southcentral Foundation

Health care and related services for Alaska Natives and Native Americans

Alaska Native Health Resource Advocate Program

Health care, educational, social and cultural referral services for Alaska Natives in the Lower 48
866-575-6757 (toll free)
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