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CIRI Raven's Circle - July/August 2012

Russian River land conveyed

CIRI, tribal, government agencies to manage cultural district near river confluence

CIRI received its culturally important land conveyance with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on May 31 for lands around the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers. The conveyance includes two parcels of land and the ownership of the cultural resources associated with an additional 513 acres in the area.


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Celebrating 40 years

Brown, Huhndorf reflect on CIRI's past, present and future

Nearly 40 years after CIRI was incorporated on June 8, 1972, CIRI President and CEO Margie Brown sat down with Roy Huhndorf, former CIRI president and CEO and Chair Emeritus of the CIRI Board of Directors, at CIRI-founded nonprofit Koahnic Broadcast Corp. to record a conversation about CIRI's early years.


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A word from the president

CIRI transitioning for continued success

CIRI celebrated its 40-year anniversary on June 8.
 
I have worked at CIRI for 35 of those years and I feel a combination of awe and pride when I look back at everything our Company has accomplished since it incorporated.


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Fire Island Wind update

Construction of Southcentral Alaska's first utility-scale wind farm is ahead of schedule, and CIRI expects the project to begin producing power in September. 
 
CIRI has worked with more than 75 local, state, national and even international businesses to develop this project.


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Tikahtnu Commons construction underway

Workers started construction on three new Tikahtnu Commons buildings in June. Old Navy will move into a 15,000-square-foot store being built between PetSmart and Lowe's. Famous Footwear and Starbucks will be the feature businesses in a 17,000-square-foot building under construction south of McDonald's.


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CIRI Spotlight: Susan Anderson

Shareholder follows calling, leads The CIRI Foundation

Get Susan Anderson talking about her work, and it is quickly obvious there is nothing she would rather be doing. Anderson, president and CEO of The CIRI Foundation (TCF), is clearly dedicated to the Foundation's efforts to make a positive impact on thousands of people's lives.


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ANHC's student interns are cultural ambassadors

Summer program builds pride, boosts graduation rates

Visitors to the Alaska Native Heritage Center cannot miss them. They are greeting them on their way in; thanking them for coming on their way out; and in between, serving as staff, cultural hosts, tour guides, storytellers, dancers and demonstrators of Native ways of life.


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Southcentral Foundation's primary care center to open on Aug. 29

"Benteh Nuutah" opening ahead of schedule

The new Valley Native Primary Care Center (VNPCC) in Wasilla will open its doors on Aug. 29, two months ahead of schedule, and only 16 months after breaking ground. This new facility, with 17 times the square footage of the current one, is the most recent example of a CIRI nonprofit responding to the changing needs of Alaska's Native people.


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Shareholder Sabrina Smith Walker running for a cause

Lost Lake Run founded by CATC employee Marsha Vincent

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. Inventory Supervisor Marsha Vincent founded the Lost Lake Run as a first-of-its-kind in Alaska fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research after a passing thought inspired her. Vincent, who is the mother of two children with cystic fibrosis, thought to herself, "There needs to be a cystic fibrosis fundraiser as big as the state of Alaska itself."


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CIRI hosts Student Conservation Association teens

CIRI/CATC-sponsored project teaches work/life skills, adds value to existing trail

CIRI and CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. (CATC) sponsored a crew of Alaska Native youth to build a trail this summer on CIRI land surrounding CATC's Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. The crew of six youth plus two crew leaders spent 21 days living outdoors while continuing work on a 1.2-mile segment of the network of trails surrounding the lodge.


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View contact information for CIRI nonprofit services and programs


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North Wind Construction Services awarded contract for Montana mine reclamation

North Wind Construction Services LLC began work on a mine reclamation project outside Helena, Mont. in July. North Wind Construction Services is excavating and transporting contaminated soil and mine waste from the Lee Mountain Mine site and is performing non-vegetative reclamation of excavated and disturbed areas, dust suppression and road maintenance and hauling additional mine waste already stockpiled at the Lee Mountain staging areas. 


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North Wind to provide services at top Army site

Yuma Proving Ground offers extreme natural environment for military training

North Wind Resource Consulting LLC was awarded a $1.4 million contract for environmental support services at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground. Under the multi-year contract, North Wind Resource Consulting will provide a full range of environmental services including compliance assistance for regulatory requirements such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and National Environmental Policy Act.


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CIRI shareholder/descendant-owned business

Lovin' Oven Bakery and Espresso

CIRI shareholder William (Dean) Kvasnikoff and his wife Lynda own Lovin' Oven Bakery, Deli and Espresso in their hometown of Ninilchik, Alaska. The establishment offers a drive-thru, walk-in counter and a seating area, as well as a full service bakery/deli.


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In Touch: Baby Arik

CIRI shareholder Ray Bouwens proudly announces the birth of his grandson, Arik William Heinrichs, born to CIRI shareholder Kira M. Bouwens and Jason W. Heinrichs. Baby Arik was born on June 7, weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long.


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In Touch: CIRI descendants graduate

CIRI descendants Erica and Jessica Curtis graduated on June 10 from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with bachelor degrees in animal health science. They are the daughters of CIRI shareholder Raymond Curtis.


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In Touch: New graduate

CIRI descendant Anthony Estrada graduated on June 16 from Royal Sunset High School in Hayward, Calif. Estrada is the eldest son of CIRI shareholder Terri Lynn Estrada, grandson of CIRI shareholder Rita A. H. Tobin, and great-grandson of CIRI shareholder Helga Ione.


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In Touch: Seal harvest

CIRI descendant Andy Piscoya harvested his first seal near Nome on May 20. Piscoya is the youngest son of CIRI shareholder Annette and her husband Kooper Piscoya. He is the grandson of CIRI shareholders Ann Kalerak and the late Walter Kalerak and the great-grandson of the late CIRI shareholders Paul and Elsie Kakaruk and Alice and Andrew Kalerak Sr.


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In Touch: New graduate

CIRI descendent Colton Roland graduated from Southridge High School in Kennewick, Wash. on June 2. Roland was recognized for academic excellence with a "Blue Award." He is the son of CIRI shareholder Karen Roland. 


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In Touch: Author

CIRI shareholder Ruth Ann Oskolkoff published a book of poems titled "Sacramentals." Oskolkoff holds a certificate in poetry writing from the University of Washington and a master's degree in humanities from California State University.


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In Touch: New graduate

CIRI descendant Marilyn Trenton graduated from Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska on May 8. She is the daughter of CIRI shareholders Vera and Kevin Trenton and the granddaughter of Betty Wetzel.


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In Touch: New graduate

CIRI descendant James (Jamie) Trascritti, son of CIRI shareholder Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti and Dr. Fran Trascritti, and the grandson of CIRI shareholder, Ernie Watson, graduated on May 11 from Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. with a bachelor's degree in Christian worldview and apologetics. Trascritti plans to continue his studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is pictured with his fiancee, Rachel Robinson.


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In Touch: New graduate

CIRI descendant Connor John Pullen graduated in December 2011, from Polaris K-12 in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the grandson of CIRI Elder Viola Hansen and the son of CIRI shareholder Lisa Pullen.


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In Touch: New Graduate

CIRI shareholder Peter DuBois will graduate with a master's degree in American Indian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles this summer. He is the son of CIRI shareholder Katherine DuBois and grandson of CIRI shareholders James and Mabel Larsen.


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CIRI dividend, Elders' payment

CIRI will mail or directly deposit its third quarter 2012 dividend of $8.48 per share on Sept. 28. Shareholders who own 100 shares of stock will receive $848.


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2012 Board election results

Five incumbents re-elected

CIRI shareholders re-elected five incumbent directors to the CIRI Board of Directors at the Company's 2012 annual shareholder meeting in Soldotna, Alaska, on June 2. 


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Annual Meeting prize winners

The 2012 annual meeting of CIRI shareholders included cash door-prize drawings for
shareholders who submitted a valid proxy by the proxy deadline or registered to vote in person at the annual meeting.


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Help locate shareholder addresses

The following CIRI shareholders do not have a current mailing address on record and should fill out the change of address form at CIRI's offices, or download it from the CIRI website or send a signed and dated letter that includes the new address, telephone number, birth date and the last four digits of their social security number.


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CATC update

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge refurbished

All of the cabins at CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp.'s (CATC) Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Fox Island have been completely refurbished with new, extremely comfortable beds and all new furniture, carpet, draperies and granite countertops. The staff is welcoming guests daily and Chef Matt Zimny is cooking up delectable dishes. We hope you get a chance to join us on Fox Island this summer!


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Nominations sought for shareholder, Elder shareholder of the year, AFN awards

Shareholders must submit choices by Sept. 13 CIRI is seeking nominations for its 2012 CIRI Shareholder of the Year Award and the 2012 CIRI Elder Shareholder of the Year Award. Nominations must be submitted to CIRI by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.


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Early bird prize winners

The following CIRI shareholders won 2012 Early Bird cash prizes. Shareholders became eligible for the Early Bird drawing when a valid proxy (for any proxy holder or candidate) was submitted to CIRI or the Inspector of Election by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on the following deadlines:


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In Memory

View the obituaries of shareholders who have recently passed away


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