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CIRI Raven's Circle - June 2014


2014 CIRI Annual Meeting

A crowd of more than 400 turned out for CIRI’s 41st Annual Meeting of Shareholders June 7 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. The event featured a report from CIRI’s President and CEO, a demonstration by Native Youth Olympic athletes and the election of five shareholders to serve on CIRI’s 15-person Board […]

Shareholders and their immediate family members visiting the CIRI-affiliated
nonprofit booths at the 2014 CIRI Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Photo by Joel Irwin.

2014 Annual Meeting early bird prize winners

The following CIRI shareholders who voted early won 2014 Early Bird cash prizes. The winners were chosen by random drawings conducted by Sramek Hightower, the independent accounting firm retained to assist with vote tabulation. Shareholders became eligible for the Early Bird drawing when a valid proxy (for any proxy holder or candidate) was submitted to […]


2014 Annual Meeting prize winners

The 2014 Annual Meeting of CIRI Shareholders included cash door prize drawings for shareholders who submitted a valid proxy by the proxy deadline for any proxy holder or candidate, or who registered to vote in person at the Annual Meeting. The winners, whose names are listed below, were chosen by random drawings conducted by Sramek […]


A word from the president, June 2014

By Sophie Minich, CIRI president and chief executive officer The CIRI Annual Meeting held earlier this month provided a fantastic opportunity to meet and talk with shareholders. I appreciate those who took time out of their busy summer schedule to attend the event, participate in the Board election and hear about the latest developments at […]


Congratulations to CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation!

The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has once again recognized CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation’s (CATC) Resurrection Roadhouse, Kenai Fjords Tours and Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge with its Award of Excellence. Only 10 percent of worldwide businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious accolade, which honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments consistently achieving outstanding […]

Courtesy of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation.

Spotlight: Kassidy Whitley

CIRI shareholder Kassidy Whitley isn’t your typical beauty pageant contestant. The hair stylist and newly certified professional trainer dyes her short hair a vibrant shade of red and doesn’t bother to hide her tattoos or piercings. But that didn’t stop Renee Scott, director of the Miss Alaska United States pageant, from appointing 21-year-old Kassidy to […]

Photo by Joel Irwin.

Call for Youth Representative Applications and Art Contest Submissions

August 14, 2014, deadline The future of CIRI lies in the hands of the next generation of shareholders and descendants. One of CIRI’s priorities is to find new and exciting ways to engage young people and make the business and management of the company relevant to their lives. To demonstrate to young people the importance […]

First place winner of the 2013 Youth Art Contest, five to eight
years of age category, by CIRI descendant Jadeliah Ann Dahl (parent Colleena Ketcham).

Reminder: CIRI seeks 2014 award nominations

Due August 14, 2014 CIRI is accepting nominations for its 2014 Shareholder of the Year, Elder Shareholder of the Year and Youth Recognition Awards to be presented at the CIRI and The CIRI Foundation Friendship Potlatches this fall. Please consider nominating a CIRI shareholder or descendant whom you feel deserves recognition relevant to the award […]

2013 Youth Recognition Award recipients Amiel Crandall
and Autumn Ridley pictured with Sophie Minich at the 2013 Anchorage Potlatch. Photo by Joel Irwin.

Every vote counts

According to Get Out the Alaska Native Vote, it is estimated that Alaska Native people constitute 14 percent of the statewide adult population. If all Alaska Native people voted during a normal turnout year – in which 55 percent of non-Native individuals voted – approximately 25 percent of those at the polls would be Alaska […]

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Missing shareholders, June 2014

The following CIRI shareholders do not have a current mailing address on record. When CIRI mail is returned as undeliverable, the CIRI records are placed on hold and any distributions are held pending receipt of a valid address. Shareholders can fill out the change of address form at CIRI’s offices, download it from the CIRI […]


$200 Stock Will prize winner, May 2014

Three more chances to win an Apple iPad Mini!  The winner of the May 2014 $200 Stock Will Participation Prize is Darlene Roberta Williams. Shareholders will have three more opportunities to win an Apple iPad Mini in 2014, with drawings conducted for the quarters ending June 30, Sept. 30 and Dec. 31. To be eligible […]


Southcentral Foundation reaches historic settlement with Indian Health Service

A historic settlement agreement between Southcentral Foundation (SCF) and the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) will result in a one-time $96 million payment, plus $30 million in interest, to SCF from the federal government. The settlement ends a long-running dispute following SCF’s claims that it had suffered substantial underpayments from the IHS since 1997. SCF […]

Southcentral Foundation's Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla,
Alaska. Photo by Ken Graham Photography, courtesy of Southcentral Foundation.

Mabel Pike Educational Center groundbreaking ceremony

The Alaska Native Heritage Center officially broke ground on the new Mabel Pike Educational Center on May 9 with plans to open this fall. The ceremony was attended by Alaska Congressional delegates, Native leaders and other supporters; but more notably, the late Mabel Pike’s family was in attendance. The new center is named to honor […]

A son of Mabel Pike joins dignitaries, board members and Alaska Native Heritage
Center staff to break ground on the new center. Photo by Jason Moore.

CITC youth get spun up about Fire Island Wind

Anuqa: Wind. Saa: Sun. Two sources of great energy, capable of generating power for whole cities. On June 4, 13 campers from Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s (CITC) Anuqa::Saa Energy of the Wind and Sun Camp visited CIRI to learn how wind power is harnessed by CIRI’s Fire Island Wind project. “On Monday, we designed windmill […]

CITC youth competing to devise the most effective turbine rotor blades at CIRI.
Photo by Joel Irwin.

In memory, June 2014

View the obituaries of shareholders who have recently passed away.


Shareholder- and descendant-owned businesses

CIRI shareholders and descendants own and operate a variety of small businesses, ranging from arts, to entertainment and restaurants, to construction. Visit the CIRI website for a directory of CIRI shareholder- and descendant-owned businesses. Ocean Fresh LLC  www.oceanfreshllc.com vshowalter@oceanfreshllc.com Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 338-4286 Emery Vincent Showalter, Jr., Owner and CIRI shareholder Offers 10 percent discount […]

By Adam Leggett, Raven Aerial Services.

Reminder: sign up for eNewsletters to be entered into prize drawings, 7″ KINDLE Fire HD

Your email address must be valid to win! Shareholders enrolled in the eNewsletter Program get their CIRI news faster by receiving interactive versions of the Raven’s Circle in lieu of paper newsletters. Full copies of the paper newsletter will continue to be posted to the CIRI website in PDF format, and eNewsletter participants may always […]


Graduate announcement: Arlen Fisk

CIRI shareholder Arlen Fisk graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage on May 4 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a minor in Business. Arlen currently serves as the contract administrator for CIRI Services Corporation, a wholly owned CIRI subsidiary. Prior to that, he interned with Kiewit Infrastructure West Company and […]


Graduate announcement: Riley Ann Johnson

CIRI descendant Riley Ann Johnson graduated on March 7 with high honors from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre in West Virginia. She is a recipient of The CIRI Foundation and obtained her Riding Masters III Certificate while also receiving her Equine Massage Certification. Riley will continue to gain experience in the Lower 48 working at […]

Courtesy of Tami Johnson.

Graduate announcement: Patrick Czyz

After attending Holy Rosary Academy from first through eleventh grade, CIRI descendant Patrick Czyz graduated with honors from West High School on May 12. Patrick studied Latin and Ancient Greek while attending Holy Rosary Academy, and Spanish while at West High School. He has plans of pursuing a degree in English, with a minor in […]

Courtesy of Rebecca Czyz.

Are you following CIRI on Twitter?

Find @CIRI and follow us to discover the latest CIRI news, learn about scholarship and grant opportunities, catch up on CIRI events and share your own ideas and thoughts! CIRI’s Twitter feed updates regularly with news, events and opportunities. So check us out and Tweet at us with your feedback. We want to hear from […]


Fireweed Business Center, pre-leasing opportunity

The Fireweed Business Center will be Anchorage’s signature, Class A office building, providing a comfortable atmosphere through innovative design and energy-efficient building technologies. With exceptional ocean and mountain views, the building offers a convenient central location and a full suite of tenant amenities. Available for occupancy early 2015.

FBC rendering

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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