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NANA REgional Corporation, INC. Makes Proactive changes to Lands & Natural Resources Department


Anchorage, Alaska – Oct. 21, 2009 – NANA’s Lands & Natural Resources department has restructured by reorganizing into two separate departments to better serve NANA shareholders and take advantage of opportunities today and in the future. Long-time NANA employee, Walter Sampson, now serves as vice president of NANA’s new department of Lands & Regional Affairs, and geoscientist, Dr. Lance Miller, serves as vice president of the new Resources department.

“Our land plays a central role in the life of our people,” said Marie Greene, NANA president and CEO.  “By creating two separate departments, we have more agility to respond to opportunities and participate more effectively in issues that affect us. Both Walter and Lance , in their respective roles, have the expertise and experience to help guide our corporation through responsible resource development processes and grow our corporation to meet the future needs of our shareholders.”

Sampson, who has been with NANA for more than 35 years and previously served as vice president of Lands & Natural Resources, is tasked with representing NANA’s interest and shareholders in regional, statewide and national forums. Sampson served effectively in this capacity in the past due to his knowledge and years of experience with NANA land selections and in the protection of the traditional subsistence rights. In his new position, Sampson is better able to ensure continuity in critical land matters in the NANA region.

Dr. Miller oversees resource development as the vice president of Resources. Miller has more than three decades of experience working in natural resources, primarily in Asia and North America. He comes to the regional corporation from NANA subsidiary, WHPacific, Inc., where he served as a geoscientist. Miller’s past positions include his work as a project manager for NovaGold; executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council; Eurasia project manager for Placer Dome; and chief geologist for Echo Bay Mines on the AJ project. 

Both Sampson and Miller began serving in their new positions earlier this month.

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) is one of the 13 Alaska Native corporations created as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). NANA is owner of 38,000 square miles of land in Northwest Alaska, most of which is above the Arctic Circle. NANA’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for its more than 12,000 Iñupiat shareholders and to protect and enhance NANA lands. Join the hunt at www.nana.com.


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