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CIRI Raven's Circle - September 2012

CIRI, TCF Friendship Potlatches

Save the date

Mark your calendars: CIRI and The CIRI Foundation's annual Friendship Potlatches are nearing! CIRI held its first annual Friendship Potlatch in 1985 to celebrate family, culture and heritage through traditional and modern means. The Friendship Potlatches feature cultural entertainment, children's activities, Alaska Native arts and crafts booths, CIRI-affiliated and founded nonprofit information booths, door prizes and a meal that includes traditional Alaska Native food.


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Fire Island Wind online, generating power

Wind farm expected to cut Chugach natural gas consumption

Crews finished constructing the first phase of the long-awaited project in mid-August and delivered its first power on Aug. 30. Less than a month later, after a comprehensive test program that was made more intensive by two major wind storms, General Electric commissioned and turned over control of 11 GE XLE 1.6 MW wind turbines that are expected to generate some 50,000 MW-hours of power annually, enough to offset approximately 0.5 billion cubic feet (BCF) of natural gas consumption for power generation annually.


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2012 Kenai Friendship Potlatch rescheduled

We hope you are able to join us at Kenai Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the rescheduled Kenai Friendship Potlatch. To RSVP, please call us at 1-800-764-CIRI and select option 5. Alternatively, you may RSVP online.


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Sam's Club coming to Tikahtnu Commons

Scheduled to open August 2013

Parkway location near the Northway Mall will move into the new 146,000-square-foot building upon completion of construction. The Sam's Club on the Old Seward Highway in the Dimond area will remain open.


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A word from the president

Changing the economic landscape

In this issue you will read that CIRI's Fire Island Wind project is connected to Southcentral Alaska's electric grid and producing power. Now I will use the completion of this project to illuminate (no pun intended) what Fire Island Wind means to CIRI and why it is important to Alaskans in general.


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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, download it from the CIRI website or send a signed and dated letter that includes the new address, telephone number, birth and the last four digits of their social security number.


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CIRI signs exploration agreement with Apache

New 3-D seismic technology to locate oil, natural gas on CIRI estate

CIRI and Apache Corp. signed an agreement to explore for oil and natural gas on CIRI lands in the Cook Inlet basin.


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CIRI Spotlight: Jaclyn Sallee

Shareholder earns media excellence award

CIRI shareholder Jaclyn Sallee's interest in broadcasting and developing relevant programming for Alaskans was set early. As a child, Sallee only spoke English and wanted to connect with her grandmother who only spoke Inupiat.


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Get out the Native vote!

Oct. 7 deadline for Nov. 6 General Election

Alaska Native and American Indian people residing within Alaska represent the largest proportion of indigenous people living in any U.S. state and account for 16.9 percent of eligible Alaskan voters. Alaska's first people have the ability to sway local, state and national elections... It is critical that American Indian and Alaska Native people actively participate in elections.


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Koahnic recognized

"Native America Calling" receives first place

Koahnic Broadcast Corp.'s (KBC) programs earned first, second and third place in the Broadcast Division by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) at the UNITY Journalists Convention in Las Vegas on Aug. 3. "Native America Calling" received top honors with the first place award.


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TCF issues 2012-2013 academic year awards

More than 430 individual awards were approved

The CIRI Foundation (TCF) recently awarded more than 430 individual scholarship and grant awards totaling nearly $2 million. The awards include general scholarships to full- and part-time degree seeking students, vocational training grants and fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year.


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Cook Inlet Lending Center earns top award

Funds will benefit aspiring homeowners

Cook Inlet Lending Center (CILC) was awarded $1,453,806 in August by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), a nonprofit lending enterprise of Cook Inlet Housing Authority.


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Elizabeth Peratrovich legal clinic

Free legal clinic at AFN

In honor of civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich, volunteer lawyers will assist the Alaska Federation of Natives convention attendees by appointment with civil legal issues involving family law, difficulties with receiving public benefits, safe housing, consumer issues and completing estate planning with a will.


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North Wind recognized nationally

Receives top environmental award for fourth consecutive year

Engineering News Record named North Wind, a CIRI company, a top environmental firm for the fourth consecutive year.


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Koahnic, KNBA to broadcast AFN live

Coverage marks 16th consecutive year of convention reporting

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and KNBA 90.3 FM will bring the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention into the homes and offices of Alaskans Oct. 18-20, by providing gavel-to-gavel radio coverage and up-link by satellite to remote village public radio stations across Alaska.


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Weldin Construction honored by military

Renovation of military fuels laboratory recognized

Weldin Construction Services, a subsidiary of CIRI Services Corp., and CIRI were honored guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Defense Logistics Agency fuels laboratory at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.


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Komakhuk, Jones, James win Stock Will Prizes

The winners for the May, June and July 2012 Stock Will Participation Prizes are Jeffrey A. Komakhuk, Roland Paul Jones and Larry Noel James, 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.


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CIRI Golf Classic

Supporting youth and education

Thank you to the following 2012 Sponsors.


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In Touch: Miss WEIO 2012

CIRI descendant Rosemary "Utuana" Berg was crowned Miss WEIO in the 2012 World Eskimo- Indian Olympics (WEIO) Pageant. She represented Point Hope, Alaska as "Miss Tikigaq." Berg earned the title of Miss WEIO 2012 with her platform of "Hope for Alaska."


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In Touch: Birth announcement

Tali Noriah Rucker was born on June 21 to CIRI descendant Markie and Derek Rucker. She weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces. She is the second granddaughter of CIRI shareholder Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti and husband Dr. Fran Trascritti and the second greatgranddaughter of CIRI shareholder Ernie Watson and wife Virgie Watson.


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In Touch: Birth announcement

Selah Marie-France Trascritti was born on Aug. 16 to CIRI descendant Frank and Tina Trascritti. Baby Selah weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. She is the third granddaughter of CIRI shareholder Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti and husband Dr. Fran Trascritti and the third great-granddaughter of CIRI shareholder Ernie Watson and Virgie Watson.


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In Touch: Graduate

CIRI descendant Emily Rene Jensen graduated from Notre Dame University May 2011. She completed her first year of medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine May 2012. She is the daughter of CIRI shareholder Shelly Jensen and her husband Peter and the granddaughter of CIRI shareholder Viola Hansen and her husband John Hansen.


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In Touch: Graduate

CIRI descendant Neil Torvald Jensen graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University June 2012. He is the son of CIRI shareholder Shelly Jensen and her husband Peter and the grandson of CIRI shareholder Viola Hansen and her husband John Hansen.


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In Touch: Graduate

CIRI descendant Dakota Roy graduated from Herriman High School in Herriman, Utah on May 31. He is the son of CIRI shareholder Dolly Roy and her husband Roland Roy Jr. Dakota graduated from the Latter-Day Saints seminary, lettered in tennis and excelled in the fine arts pottery program.


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Shareholder / descendant-owned business

Grandma's Cupboard Dog Cookies

CIRI shareholder Margretta Joy Allen recently opened Grandma's Cupboard Dog Cookies in Wasilla. The shareholder business is a home-based bakery offering treats for pets such as cookies, cheese-filled bon bons and custom birthday cakes.


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In Memory

View the obituaries of shareholders who have recently passed away

 


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