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CIRI Raven's Circle - October/November 2012


CIRI creates IT career pathways

Program to help CIRI shareholders, Alaska Native people reach career goals through technology training

CIRI partnered with Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) to open career pathways for CIRI shareholders and Alaska Native people interested in entering the information technology (IT) field. CIRI's IT Director, Keith Ziolkowski, helped coordinate the effort.


Economic summit hosted by CIRI

Southcentral Alaska region stakeholders network, identify growth opportunities

CIRI hosted an economic development summit on Sept. 24 at the BP Energy Center. The summit began a conversation among region stakeholders about collaboration and economic development opportunities.


CIRI recognizes CIRI Shareholder, Elder Shareholder of the Year

Shareholders B. Agnes Brown and Ernie "Big Bear" Berestoff honored at potlatches

CIRI selected B. Agnes Brown as the 2012 Shareholder of the Year. CIRI President and Chief Executive Officer Margie Brown presented Brown with an award plaque and an Athabascan chief 's necklace at the CIRI and The CIRI Foundation's friendship potlatch on Oct. 14 in Anchorage.


A word from the president

AFN needs to evolve to better serve, unify

A year ago, I wrote about the Alaska Federation of Natives' (AFN) progress toward becoming once again a vibrant, innovative organization that effectively represents the collective, yet broad interests of Alaska Native people. I wrote about how as a delegate in 2009, I was pleased to vote to approve AFN Resolution 09-05, which directed the AFN board to undertake a process to widen representation of its membership while streamlining its governance.


CIRI Spotlight: Charles G. Anderson

Shareholder dedicates life to public service

After working as a commercial fisherman beginning at 13, after being drafted into the Army during the Korean War, after working his way from Anchorage Police Department rookie to chief of police, after winning a seat in the Alaska State House of Representatives, after launching a public-safety consulting firm, most would have called it good and retired two decades ago. But Charles G. Anderson is not like most. Since he still has the energy and desire, to stop using it to benefit others would not feel right.


CIRI Golf Classic is a hole-in-one for local nonprofits

Fundraising event benefits The Children's Lunchbox and YWCA Youth Program

Continuing its tradition of commitment to the community, CIRI hosted the 29th annual CIRI Golf Classic in August. With net proceeds of $100,000, this year's beneficiaries were the YWCA's Youth Empowerment program and The Children's Lunchbox "Just a Little Extra" program.


Dividend, Elders' payment news

CIRI will mail or directly deposit the fourth quarter 2012 dividend of $9.93 per share on Dec. 7. Shareholders who own 100 shares of stock will receive $993. Payments from the CIRI Elders' Settlement Trust will be mailed or directly deposited on Dec. 14 in the amount of $450.   


Fire Island photo contest winner

Lee Hamerski of Anchorage submitted a winning entry to CIRI and the Renewable Energy Alaska Project's Fire Island Photo Contest, and won a trip for two to Fire Island.


New CLDC, PTP websites launched

New sites tailored to commercial real estate market

CIRI Land Development Co. (CLDC) and its subsidiary, Pacific Tower Properties Inc. (PTP), are pleased to announce the launch of their new websites. The new sites showcase each company's services and portfolios.


CIRI Chair receives NIHB award

Anderson recognized for improving health care

CIRI Board chair and vice chair of Southcentral Foundation's board of directors Charles G. Anderson was recognized with the 2012 National Indian Health Board Area/Regional Award on Sept. 26. The award pays tribute to Anderson for his dedication to improving Alaska Native and American Indian health care.


Thank you to potlatch contributors

CIRI and The CIRI Foundation are grateful to the organizations and individuals that contributed to the 2012 Friendship Potlatches held in October.   


CATC earns ATIA Alyeska Award

The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) awarded CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. (CATC) the Alyeska Award on Oct. 11. 


CIHA celebrates grand opening of Loussac Place

CIHA celebrates grand opening of Loussac Place New development revives neighborhood

Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) celebrated the official grand opening of Loussac Place on Oct. 3. CIHA's latest development, located in mid-town Anchorage. Loussac Place was developed in partnership with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) to convert 62 units of outdated public housing formerly known as Loussac Manor into 120 units of quality, affordable housing.


CITC redesigns website

Features easy navigability, greater emphasis on fundraising

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is pleased to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website, developed to serve its participants, employees, community partners and the general public. The site is easily navigable and includes up-to-date news and pertinent information about its programs, services and opportunities for community support.


ANHC receives Governor's Award

Honored for distinguished service to the humanities

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) was selected as a 2012 recipient of the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities for its distinguished service to the humanities. The Awards for the Humanities is an annual series of awards honoring the contribution of individuals and groups that enrich the civic, intellectual and cultural life of all Alaskans through the wisdom and techniques of the humanities.


Gov. Parnell names ANHC's Annette Evans Smith to Alaska Native Language Council

Council advises governor, legislature on Native language programs, policies, projects

Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Stephen Walkie Charles, Delores Churchill, April Gale Laktonen Councellor, Bernadette Yaayuk Alvanna-Stimpfle and Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) President and CEO Annette Evans Smith to the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. The Council advises both the governor and the Alaska State Legislature on programs, policies and projects to provide for the preservation, restoration and revitalization of Alaska Native languages in the state.


TCF December deadline

Mark your calendar!

The CIRI Foundation's (TCF) General Scholarship Mid-Year award and Vocational Training Grant award deadline is Dec. 1. The awards are offered to degree-seeking students and students enrolled in a vocational training program or a certificate program.


In Touch: Birth announcement

CIRI shareholder Juanita Pickering and her family announce the arrival of Braedyn Lee Messenger, born on May 30 to Jessica and Brian Messenger. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. He is Pickering's third grandson.


In Touch: Birth announcement

CIRI shareholder Myrtilda Morgan of Minnesota announces the birth of her second grandson, Oliver Dean Staab, born July 17 to Rob and Sarah Staab. Welcoming him includes great-grandparents Lorraine and Monte Dodd, grandparents Kim and Kathy Staab, great aunts Judy Lewis and Mae Silook, and big sister, Jessa.


In Touch: Shareholder promoted

CIRI is pleased to announce the promotion of CIRI shareholder Cheryl Bailey to CIRI corporate accountant, energy and resources. Bailey began her career with CIRI more than nine years ago when she started as a seasonal CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. employee. 


In Touch: Shareholder earns second MBA

CIRI shareholder Dorothy Anagick received a master's degree in Government Contracts from The George Washington University School of Business on May 4 in Washington, D.C. Anagick holds an MBA from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of science degree from Menlo College.


In Touch: Shareholder celebrates graduation, promotion, anniversary

CIRI shareholder Marina Haynes graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage Dental Hygiene Program in May. She was promoted from dental assistant to dental hygienist at Southcentral Foundation Dental Clinic in July.


In Touch: Descendant graduates

CIRI descendant and The CIRI Foundation recipient Joel Isaak graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture on May 13. Isaak is the son of CIRI shareholder Sharon Isaak and her husband, David Isaak, of Soldotna.


In Touch: Shareholder accepts position with subsidiary

CIRI shareholder Jack Razo was hired as an assistant property manager with Pacific Tower Properties Management Inc., a CIRI company. He is the acting lead property manager for several CIRI-owned buildings in Anchorage.


Shareholder / descendant-owned business

CIRI shareholder Susan Canipe owns Full Circle Haida Tlingit Creations in Anchorage. The shareholder-owned business sells Southeast Alaska-themed lanyards and jewelry. 


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, 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.   


Stock Will Prizes: Andersen, Murphy, Shaginoff win

The winners for the August, September and October 2012 Stock Will Participation Prizes are Kevin Ray Andersen, Robin Ann Murphy and Burt Shaginoff, respectively. To be eligible for the monthly $200 prize drawings, shareholders must have a will disposing of their CIRI shares on file in CIRI's Shareholder Relations Department. 


In Memory

View the obituaries of shareholders who have recently passed away



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