NANA Fast Facts

Parent Company

NANA Regional Corporation, Inc.


NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. was established in 1972, following enactment of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that transferred land titles to Alaska’s indigenous peoples through the formation of 12 Alaska Native corporations. NANA Development, the business arm of NANA Regional Corporation, was founded in 1974.

The NANA Region

The NANA region encompasses 38,000 square miles in Northwest Alaska, most of which is above the Arctic Circle. Eleven communities and villages make up the area including Kotzebue, the largest, Ambler, Buckland, Deering, Kiana, Kivalina, Kobuk, Noatak, Noorvik, Selawik, and Shungnak. More than 85 percent of the region’s residents are Iñupiat descendants of ancestors who settled the land more than 10,000 years ago. NANA and the region’s main governing body, the Northwest Arctic Borough, share the same boundaries.

NANA Regional Corporation Headquarters

Kotzebue, Alaska

NANA Development Corporation Headquarters

909 West 9th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska


Wayne Westlake


NANA improves the quality of life for our people by maximizing economic growth, protecting and enhancing our lands, and promoting healthy communities with decisions, actions, and behaviors inspired by our Iñupiat Ilitqusiat Values, and consistent with our Core Principles.

Core Principles

Honesty and integrity govern our activities
Commitments made will be fulfilled
Everyone will be treated with dignity and respect

Business Groups



Resource Development Support

Red Dog Mine

Red Dog Mine is one of the largest zinc mine in the world. The mine is on NANA land and operates under a lease agreement between NANA and the mine operator, Teck, Ltd. In addition to financial terms, the agreement requires Teck, Ltd. to employ and train NANA shareholders. NANA shareholders currently make up approximately 53 percent of the mine employees.


NANA has employed 15,000 individuals in 2016 in 50 states, 15 countries on 4 continents around the world.

Corporate Revenues

2016: $1.3 billion
2015: $1.6 billion
2014: $1.6 billion


NANA is owned by more than 14,000 Alaska Native shareholders of Iñupiaq descent. In addition to paying dividend to shareholders, NANA uses its profits to fund social and cultural programs, job training, scholarships, internships and provide services that benefit shareholders.