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UIC Affirms its Commitment to Scientific Research in Barrow


Barrow, Alaska, February 1, 2012 Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC), headquartered in Barrow, Alaska, recently reinstated its management authority over the Barrow Environmental Observatory, as well as other Barrow-based scientific research properties it owns, including a number of facilities at the former Naval Arctic Research Laboratory. This action reflects UIC’s commitment to encourage and support research activities in a manner that not only promotes an understanding of environmental changes, but also creates economic sustainability for the region. This support is consistent with UIC’s mission and vision, which mandates responsible and strategic land use planning and management.

UMIAQ, a wholly owned UIC subsidiary, is a strategic partner in a team that also includes CH2M HILL Constructors Inc., Polar Field Services, and SRI International. This team, CH2M HILL Polar Services, provides logistical support for research activities in Barrow and was recently awarded an eight-year contract renewal in support of arctic research funded by the National Science Foundation. UMIAQ will continue to provide comprehensive support for traveling researchers by providing local labor, equipment and lodging.

The Iñupiat of the North Slope have a long history of providing support and knowledge to visiting arctic researchers. UMIAQ hires local Iñupiat staff members that are extremely knowledgeable about the arctic environment. This keen awareness of their environment is taught to them by their elders. UMIAQ shares this traditional knowledge with researchers through a range of support services, including Arctic orientation, ice and field guide support, polar bear guards, marine and terrestrial mammal observation, and communication with local elders. UIC is proud to support this vital research and looks forward to strengthening its partnership with the scientific community in Alaska and throughout the Arctic Circumpolar Region.

Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) is the Alaska Native Village Corporation of Barrow, Alaska and provides social and economic resources to over 2,500 Iñupiat shareholders and their descendants. Since its establishment, UIC has diversified its investments and consistently ranks among the largest Alaskan-owned companies (Alaska Business Monthly). UIC has close to 2,000 employees and provides services to clients in a variety of industries, including operations in Barrow, construction, architecture and engineering, regulatory consulting, information technology, marine operations, maintenance and logistics, and local real estate services.

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