I was the first grandson, so I was named Kuugauraq, after my late taata (grandfather) Billy Sheldon, Sr. from Noorvik. Kuugauraq means “creek” in Iñupiaq.
We have two goals for our companies: to generate income and to create employment opportunities that our shareholders can access.
My mother’s side of the family are all shareholders. My grandma, originally from Deering is full-Iñupiaq. My late grandfather, on my mother’s side, comes from the Barr family, originally from Deering as well, but he later moved to Kotzebue.
I oversee all aspects of our 909 building, as well as the Benson building and Annex (in Anchorage). I handle any remodeling or renovation issues. I manage the real estate databases of leases for all NANA properties and subsidiaries, enterprise-wide.
My Iñupiaq name is Iyagun. I am named after my great-grandfather, Paul Ballot.
When I went away to college, I started going by Kutraluk, my Iñupiaq name—as a way to show others and remind myself of my identity as an Iñupiaq man.
My mom’s side of the family is all from Selawik. My aunt, Ruthie Ramoth-Sampson, helped develop the Iñupiaq translations for the Rosetta Stone (a language software program sponsored by NANA).
My very first job was through the Native Youth Corps. I think I was paid $2.50 an hour, before taxes. Reality hit when I started looking at the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs to order clothes. I carefully kept track of the hours I worked and totaled the gross. (Already I was thinking like a payroll technician.)
I’m a shareholder. My mother (Louann Minor) and grandmother are also both shareholders. In fact, pretty much everyone on my mother’s side of the family is a NANA shareholder.
I’m the director of marketing and communications for NMS. I manage a variety of projects, from creating recruiting material to signage, to achieve our company’s goals.
My taata (grandfather), Collins Mendenhall. He taught me to hunt and to respect nature which was further enforced and fine-tuned by my father, Richard Patterson.
I provide legal work, under the supervision of our current chief legal officer, Peter Reckmeyer. Much of what I do is to make sure we’re in compliance, as an Alaska Native corporation.
I am studying economics and political science. I was always interested in political science, so I knew it was something I wanted to study.
Getting the Aqqaluk trust scholarship was actually my first experience with NANA, before then I didn’t even know I was eligible. I am honored to be included in the NANA family.
As a recruiter, my job is to find talented, responsible shareholders and place them in jobs or careers.
Overall, I hope to gain a great working experience. I want to help my department in the best way I can.
“NANA will improve the quality of life for our people”
Filmmaking takes cooperation and teamwork, but what do filmmakers do when the star of the film doesn’t show up?
John Parry has worked 40 years on the North Slope for BP and contractors, and is currently camp manager with NANA Management Services, assigned to Prudhoe Bay. While North Slope oil fields have grown and changed during that time, John affirms that workers’ need for safe, clean and well-operated camps have remained constant.
Matthew Daggett has been appointed president of NANA Management Services (NMS).
NANA Development Corporation has appointed Jens Beck as the company's new chief financial officer.
Nakuuruq Solutions was awarded a $21 million contract at the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) to provide welding, fabrication, machining and painting support services to several core areas at ATC.
Holly “Mititquq” Nordlum an artist from Kotzebue, was inspired by the cultural research she conducted after a trip to Washington, D.C. in April of 2014.
NANA Australia has been awarded a contract to support ConocoPhillips with indigenous engagement for their Australia Business Unit East.
Peter Sandvik is from Columbus, Ohio, where he just finished his freshman year of college. He is earning a B.S. in chemical engineering from Ohio State University, one of the nation’s largest schools.
Meet Janelle Sharp, an environmental technician with WHPacific, in Anchorage, AK. We talked about her teacher in high school giving her hands-on experience with chemistry, succeeding in college with challenges and how “you really can do whatever you want; you just need to apply yourself.”
The GIS fabrication facility in Abbeville, Louisiana completed ISO 9001:2008 certification on July 6, 2014. The Abbeville facility has 97 personnel and is led by Asset Manager, Lee Bordelon Jr. Abbeville is one of GIS’s six primary fabrication facilities in Alaska, Alabama and Louisiana.
Meet Preston Lyons, an intern with SAVA, in Herndon, VA, working this summer as a project coordinator. We had a conversation about leaving college with the unknown ahead, some of the challenges he’s met along the way, and how he’s using his criminal justice degree at SAVA.
“I’ve spent 30 years in the Air Force and I don’t know of an Air Force base with a more important mission right now,” said Akima Project Manager Steven Hoarn.
Hello everybody! My name is Arlo Nasruk Davis. My mother is Martha Ramoth Schindler from Selawik and my father is Joe Davis. My aanas are Emma Ramoth and Jan Fanistal, and my taatas are Ralph Ramoth Sr. and Art Davis.
Ken Dahl knows a thing or two about the aviation cargo industry in Alaska. He’s worked for various companies including ASRC Energy Services and Shared Services Aviation – a co-venture between ConocoPhillips and BP, handling passengers, freight, bags and even animals for most of his career.
It’s been years since tourists on the Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. have avoided construction. Work on the 17th Street Levee project was slated to be completed long ago, but due to the job being stalled work was suspended.
NANA company Grand Isle Shipyard is featured in the Alaska Journal of Commerce for being a major employer in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Mine workers are required to obtain a mine safety and health administration (MSHA) 5000-23 certificate of training.
WHPacific, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Sean Fitzpatrick, PLS as director of surveying to the company’s El Segundo office.
Of all the internships this past summer for NANA’s College Support Program, Laura Orenga de Gaffory may have had the most interesting.
One shareholder’s journey took him from Kotzebue 4,000-some miles southeast to Galliano, La. There, he’s been fine tuning the craft of welding at NANA company, Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc. (GIS).
WHPacific is pleased to announce James “Jim” Oliver, RG joins as Vice President of Water and Environment and will lead this new department for the firm.
WHPacific, Inc., the largest Alaska Native-owned multi-discipline, professional services company in the United States, is proud to announce its placement in “Ranking Arizona Magazine’s The Best of Arizona Business 2014.” WHPacific is ranked fourth in top Arizona architectural firms with three or fewer architects, up three spots from last year, and ranked fifth in top Arizona civil engineering firms with thirteen or fewer engineers.
Lance J. Uuyana O’Neill has interned through the NANA College Support Program for the past two years. O’Neill grew up in Deering and then Kotzebue, Alaska.
WHPacific is pleased to announce that Spencer “Spence” Nickel, RLA, ASLA has joined the firm’s Landscape Architecture (LA) Studio. Based in the firm’s Denver, Colorado office, Spencer leads the expansion of the LA Studio’s services to Colorado with a focus on campus master planning and the design of outdoor environments.
NANA’s College Support Program had a successful 2013 summer session. Part of the success was due to interns such as Brianna Kirk.
Five Rivers Services has been awarded a subcontract from Harris IT Services under Harris’ Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Network and Space Operations and Maintenance (NSOM) contract in New Hampshire. Harris IT Services is a leader in the design, deployment, operation and maintenance of highly reliable, secure communications systems and information networks for voice, data and video.
Christopher Black is one of 36 interns that took part in the 2013 NANA College Support Program. Black attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated in December. He worked for NMS in his hometown of Anchorage as the HR/security project assistant this past summer.
David Springgate has been appointed president of NANA Management Services (NMS). NMS is jointly owned by NANA Development Corporation and Sodexo USA, and provides a range of outsourcing services to public and private clients in the petroleum, health care, education and telecommunications industries.
NANA Development Corporation’s (NDC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Mr. Peter R. Reckmeyer as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.
Bo Ticket is a NANA Shareholder from Buckland, Alaska. He is also one of 36 individuals placed in the NANA College Support Program this past summer.
Sandy Beitel West, a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in human resources and finance, has joined NANA Development Corp. (NDC) as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.
NANA Development Corporation is proud to announce it has joined the prestigious Campbell Institute as a charter member.
NANA Development Corporation subsidiary WHPacific is pleased to announce the new location of its Phoenix office at 7310 North 16th Street, Suite 315.
We are pleased to announce NANA Development Corporation President Helvi Sandvik has been elected as director to the Alaska Air Group board.
The Board of Directors of NANA Australia Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Rod Gonzales as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Gonzales has more than 15 years of experience in the oil, gas and chemicals industries in progressively responsible project management and operations roles.
NANA Development Corporation President Helvi Sandvik presented as the keynote speaker at the annual meeting for the Alaska Industry Support Alliance.
The Board of Directors of NANA Construction, LLC has selected Sagen Juliussen to be the company’s new President. Juliussen has worked for NANA Construction since its founding in 2008, most recently as Vice President of Business Development.
TKC Global recently completed a contract to provide software lifecycle development services and support for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at its headquarters in Patuxent River MD and for U.S. Navy aviators and support personnel worldwide. Each member of the 19-member team received a personal letter of appreciation from the NAVAIR customer that specifically addressed what each had contributed to the success of the project.
On March 5, 2013 Nakuuruq Solutions, LLC was awarded the Technical and Administrative Support Services contract for the prototype fabrication facility commonly called “the shops” at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City, Florida. Nakuuruq was first awarded the contract in 2004. The recent win was the result of a competitive 8(a) procurement.
As companies prepare to begin core drilling near Red Dog Mine this spring, 16 northwest Alaska residents were trained in the basics of assisting drillers.
More than 30 Akima employees in Colorado Springs have recently relocated to a new office building directly across the street from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Akima Construction Services, LLC, completed the design, construction and furnishing of two buildings totaling 28,000 square feet for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Five Rivers Services, was recently awarded the Small Business Administration’s “Administrator’s Award for Excellence.” This award is presented to a select group of small businesses, prime contractors or subcontractors “in recognition of outstanding contribution and service to the nation by a small business in satisfying the needs of the Federal procurement system.” As a company, Five Rivers provides a full-spectrum solutions in communications, networking, IT and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) to federal defense and civilian government agencies.
James Dommek, Jr. is proof that sometimes having a foot in the door is all it takes. Dommek was first hired by Evergreen Films, a film company NANA acquired an ownership stake in 2010 and has now worked his way in as an independent contractor for Piksik.
WHPacific and its many professional services – architecture, engineering, environmental services, planning, construction management, surveying and mapping – are featured in a new three-minute video produced by NANA’s Communications and Marketing Department and filmed at several project sites in the Pacific Northwest. The video is one of several on NANA’s YouTube channel featuring different NANA companies.
The Red Dog Mine welcomed a special visitor in October, Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska). It was the second trip to the mine for the 20-term congressman.
Workers from NANA company, GIS Oilfield Contractors, injured in Gulf of Mexico oil platform explosion.
We at NANA Development Corporation were shocked and saddened to learn of the offshore platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico this past Friday that involved 14 workers and subcontractors from our subsidiary GIS. Black Elk Energy operates the facility, located about 20 miles from Grand Isle, La., and GIS provides maintenance services.
Healthy schools, bodies and minds: that is what the Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute (SHWI) promotes and NANANordic is glad to be recognized as helping further the SHWI mission. NANANordic is one of only six Success Story Scholarships being awarded this year.
On October 1, 2012, Akima, LLC was formally launched in Herndon, Virginia as a new holding company, subsuming all operations of the former Akima Management Services (AMS), Akmaaq and Qivliq holding companies. Akima companies are leaders in information technology products and services, data communications, systems and software engineering, facilities management and outfitting, cyber security, space operations, aviation, construction, fabrication and logistics. Akima, LLC is a subsidiary of the NANA Development Corporation, whose 13,000 Iñupiat shareholders live in the NANA region of northwestern Alaska.
When NANA leadership recently visited Joint Base Andrews, they were met with a surprise "ramp freeze" that requires all traffic on and near the base to stop. That's because the board arrived just as President Obama's plane was taking off. The June visit took NANA board and staff members to Akima, LLC project sites in Maryland and Virginia. Akima Technical Solutions' (ATS) contract location at Joint Base Andrews, Md., was their first stop.
When Dawn Kimberlin, NMS food and facilities management division director of marketing, put together a short, three-minute video about the new Kiana School salad bar, she was hoping to win the "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools" contest. Instead, the video garnered national recognition with a feature on the "Let's Move!" blog sponsored by the White House.
Rock Hengen is his name, but you could call the new president of NANA WorleyParsons "rock solid." "Like his name implies, Rock brings a significant and distinguished background of leadership roles in the delivery of both large and small projects in the oil and gas industry," said Helvi Sandvik, president of NANA Development Corporation.
Indigenous Development Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy, today opened the 5th Indigenous Economic Development (IED) Forum – ‘Working Toward a Strong Future’ - at the Darwin Convention Centre.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Business Monthly, in conjunction with the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, announced the Top 49 Alaskan-owned and -operated companies in the state, based on 2010 gross revenues, at a luncheon at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Synteras, a federal management consulting firm specializing in process reengineering, agile software management and independent verification and validation, has been named as an awardee by the General Services Administration (GSA) for its STARS (Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services) II GWAC (Governmentwide Acquisition Contract), a major small-business IT contract.
Akima Facilities Management, L.L.C., Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded a $41,754,027 cost-plus-award-fee contract. The award will provide for the base operations and maintenance support services for Fort Gordon, Ga.
August 29, 2011-The new Nullaġvik Hotel, owned by NANA Development Corporation, opened its doors today to all visitors and northwest Alaska. The modern hotel, located on Shore Avenue in Kotzebue has been under construction for the past two years and is expected to be a comfortable place to stay for years to come.
Almost 40 years ago, Congress undertook a "great experiment" when it passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, creating for-profit corporations instead of reservations when resolving aboriginal land claims. Under ANCSA, Alaska's Natives received title to 44 million acres of land and $962.5 million, which was divided between 12 regional and more than 200 village corporations. A 13th corporation was later created for Alaska Natives living outside the state.
U.S. Small Business Administration officials stood before a crowd of Alaska Native business people recently and outlined new regulations put in place this spring to govern the SBA 8(a) program. At a National 8(a) Association conference held in late June at Anchorage's Marriott hotel, Marie Johns, deputy administrator for SBA, told attendees the government agency has spent the past four years developing and refining new regulations for minority contractors in the 8(a) program.
HERNDON, Virginia, August 19, 2011 - SAVA Workforce Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of enterprise IT and mission support services has been named as an awardee by the General Services Administration (GSA) for its STARS (Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services) II GWAC (Governmentwide Acquisition Contract), a major small-business IT contract.
MESA, AZ. - August 15, 2011 - The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011 Native American 40 Under 40, who will be recognized as part of the 36th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards Event (INPRO) on Thursday, September 08, 2011 at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Pittsburg, Penn. -- Certes Networks, the leader in multi-layer encryption solutions for high performance networks, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Affigent LLC, a leading provider of technology products and solutions to federal government worldwide. Specializing in advanced information security solutions, Affigent is known for delivering seamless, scalable and secure support at every phase of the enterprise solution lifecycle.
A strategic business plan adopted in the mid-1990s by NANA Regional Corp. for its business subsidiary, NANA Development Corp., has served the company well through the ups and downs of the economy, including the sharp national recession that began in 2009.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar met with business leaders in Anchorage to discuss the need for safe and responsible development of Alaska’s energy resources. The meetings are part of Secretary Salazar’s multi-day visit to Alaska this week, where he is joined by U.S. Senators Mark Begich, Lisa Murkowski and Jack Reed. This marks Secretary Salazar’s third trip to the 49th state since taking office in January 2009.
SAVA Workforce Solutions’ revenues showed virtually no growth In 2006 and 2007, increasing a paltry $6,886 from $170,266 to $177,152.
(July 25, 2011) With an eye toward future growth in Alaska, Louisiana and across the country, NANA Development Corporation (NDC) and Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc. (GIS) are taking a giant step in their evolution. NDC has purchased GIS.
NMS is pleased to announce the addition of Alan Charley as the general manager of the Houston, Texas branch of NMS Staffing. Charley is responsible for the start up of operations in the Houston office. He has 15years of experience in the staffing industry and more than 20 years of experience in managerial roles.
Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Ted Mala Jr., NANA Management Services Sales Manager, to the Alaska Board of Pharmacy.
Park Dallis, PE has joined WHPacific as Senior Electrical Engineer. Based in WHPacific’s Anchorage office, Dallis brings more than 38 years of engineering experience in electrical engineering, project management and construction. His areas of specialization include commercial and industrial power and lighting design, fire alarm, telecommunications, data, and other low-voltage systems, energy efficiency and cost effective solutions to design challenges.
Andrea Morton, PE has joined WHPacific as Senior Transportation Engineer. Based in WHPacific’s Anchorage office, Morton brings more than 20 years of civil engineering experience, including 17 years the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
The Native Americans Contractors Association Executive Director, Jim Gray, responds to a column written by freelance journalist, Matt Gilbert, on Native American 8(a) contracting published on Indian Country Today Media Network.
NANA Management Services has again been honored as one of the top minority-owned businesses in the country.
The summer shipping season began Monday at one of the world's largest zinc mines, in a record-early start thanks to melting ice.
For several hundred people meeting in Anchorage this week, when opportunity knocks, it comes in the form of a government contract. They came from all over the United States, to learn how to utilize a Small Business Administration program aimed at creating jobs and opportunity.
WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2011): The Board of Directors of the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) announced today that Sarah Lukin will be stepping down as NACA’s Executive Director to return to her home state of Alaska. In a related announcement, the Board appointed former Chief of the Osage Nation, Jim Gray, of Skiatook, Oklahoma to follow Ms. Lukin as the organization’s next Executive Director.
With new rules in place to help make sure small, disadvantaged businesses don’t fall victim to predatory partners or themselves mishandle their money, Alaska’s congressional delegation has pledged to fight continued attacks by outsiders on Alaska’s Native-run firms.
NMS, Alaska’s 6th largest private employer, was honored by the National Safety Council (NSC) with their prestigious 2009 Industry Leader Award for safety performance within its industry. The award is a component of the Council’s member-exclusive Safety Motivation and Recognition Awards Program. The award benchmarks outstanding safety achievements among member companies based on reported data. The Industry Leader Award recognizes only the top 5 percent of member companies in the country.
On May 5, 2011 NANA Development Corporation (NDC) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc. As part of the transaction, NANA Development Corporation is pursuing a refinancing of its credit facilities as well as those of Grand Isle Shipyard, Inc. NDC and Grand Isle Shipyard expect to have an agreement finalized by the end of June, 2011. At that point, both companies look forward to sharing more information.
GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo-operated Mess Hall 1660 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms in Calif. earned the highest honor for a foodservice operation in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) recently when the operation was named the winner of the 2011 W.P.T. Hill Award for Best Full Foodservice Contracted Garrison Mess Hall.
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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today released the following statement after an amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hurting the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program was defeated during a business meeting of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, of which Begich is a member.
Mines operating in Alaska are injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the state's economy, particularly benefiting the state's larger communities where support companies are based.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said April 20 she does not believe there is enough support in Congress to pass legislation that seeks to strip Alaska Native corporations of the advantage they enjoy in obtaining federal contracts worth billions of dollars.
NovaGold Resources Inc. April 14 announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment for its Ambler volcanogenic massive sulfide project in Northwest Alaska.
Anchorage, Alaska – April 15, 2011 – Today, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. distributed resource proceeds from sources within the NANA region and from other Alaska Native Regional Corporations pursuant to Section 7(j) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to NANA shareholders who hold Class B (also known as At-Large) shares.
The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) is a national Native advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. NACA represents and serves Tribal, Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHOs) across the nation on issues relating to the economic self-sufficiency of America’s indigenous people, focusing on our members’ participation in government contracting and the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program. NACA’s members represent over 475,000 Tribal Members, Alaska Native Shareholders, and Native Hawaiians.
WASHINGTON, DC (March 31, 2011) Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) today used a legislative loophole to advance an anti-Native agenda by restricting Native Enterprise access to critical business programs that support America’s most impoverished population.
A good time for a good cause, the second annual Utukkuu Snow Golf Challenge raised $28,000 for the Aqqaluk Trust. The trust is a non-profit organization which provides funding for language, cultural & educational opportunities for NANA’s shareholders.
Lauded for "unwavering support" of its shareholders, NANA Development Corp. recently became the first Alaska Native company to win the corporate advocate award presented by the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development.
Iditarod champ and record-breaker John Baker returned home to a hero's welcome Monday afternoon, complete with a siren-wailing parade and traditional drumming and dancing by Kotzebue's Northern Lights Dancers.
COSTA MESA, Calif., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Irvine Sensors Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: IRSN) announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with TKC Integration Services, LLC ("TKCIS"), a company providing technology solutions to Government world-wide. TKCIS provides best-in-class products and services via several Government acquisition vehicles in the areas of data center, enterprise software and cyber security, infrastructure and physical security, as well as network and communications solutions.
Mike Johnson may be fresh out of college, but he already has a longstanding relationship with his new employer that few graduates could hope to match. Johnson is a civil engineer with DOWL HKM, a NANA company, and he’s also a NANA shareholder. In fact, his shareholder roots reach back to the very beginning of NANA Regional Corporation.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued new rules that significantly changes the Native 8(a) program, addresses criticisms raised by the media and some members of Congress and improves transparency.
Washington, DC – The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, chaired by Alaskan Congressman Don Young, held its first oversight hearing this morning on the effectiveness of federal spending on Native American programs, and on the President’s FY 2012 budget request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. Testimony was presented by Larry EchoHawk, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and Ray A. Joseph, Principal Deputy Special Trustee for American Indians.
Score a hole in one to help provide scholarships and Alaska Native Language Preservation. Have fun while helping others. Have you ever played golf in the snow or tried your luck at tossing a harpoon hole-in-one? Now is your chance.
ANCHORAGE – An economic analysis released today by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation estimates the production of “Everybody Loves Whales” had a $16.5 million impact on the Alaska economy. The report also credits the film with employing more than 1,300 Alaskans.
Qivliq (Kiv-lik) LLC, a management services company that develops and supports a diverse portfolio of companies servicing Federal and commercial customers, has announced the appointment of Matthew Jesinsky as Chief Administrative Officer.
The NANA Development Corporation located in Anchorage, Alaska will be the recipient of the Corporate Advocate of the Year for its unwavering support of goals of NANA stakeholders through the promotion of business development and investment in the future of Alaskan Natives. This year marks the first time in the history of the Reservation Economic Summit a Native corporation is the recipient of the Corporate Advocate of the Year.
Would you punish your child for bringing home a good report card? Hardly. Yet, that is the thinking behind the latest Washington assault on Native 8(a) contracting, a federal small business development program. This is one government program that actually works as it was intended, delivering value to taxpayers, critical services to our country and opportunities for some of the poorest people in our nation.
The NANA Elders' Settlement Trust issued $2,000 apiece to the Native regional corporation's 618 elder shareholders on Feb. 4, according to written statements from the company. The total amount of money distributed was $1.2 million.
Three of the nation’s leading Native American organizations today expressed collective concern over new regulations by the Small Business Administration (SBA) that could significantly impact Native Enterprise participation in the 8(a) Business Development Program and restrict benefits to distressed Native communities. Native groups issuing joint reaction to the SBA’s regulations include the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and the Native American Contractors Association (NACA).
The Alaska Journal of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Top Forty Under 40 awards. The Top Forty Under 40 honors Alaska's leaders who have shown excellence in their professions and their communities, and who are under the age of 40.
In response to the energy crisis in northwest Alaska, NANA Regional Corporation, Inc.‘s (NANA) board of directors approved NANA’s participation in an exciting new partnership with the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) to deliver RurAL CAP’s Energy Wise program to NANA communities in 2011. RurAL CAP’s Energy Wise Program helps rural Alaskans save money on energy bills, while creating local jobs.
Reality television struck gold in Alaska long ago, but a package of film tax credits passed in 2008 has the state ready to take its act to the big screen.
According to the Native American Contractors Association (NACA), ProPublica once again dismissed all objectivity in a January 27, 2011 story on Alaska Native Corporations (ANC) that uses flawed methodology and unverified data sources to draw unreliable conclusions regarding ANC subcontracting statistics resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has been named to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The state-owned company that operates the Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC) is getting a new place in the state bureaucracy in order to facilitate deals with military clients.
Gov. Sean Parnell pegged the total value of Alaska exports during those 10 months at $3.8 billion.
NANA shareholders to learn about high demand, high pay industry
The North Slope Borough and Rosetta Stone software company plan to unveil a program this spring specially designed to teach the North Slope Inupiaq dialect, using the photos and voices of Inupiaq people recorded in Barrow.
In light of the recent uproar about participation by Alaska Native Corporations in the 8(a) Small Business Development Program, this Note examines the criticisms of such participation and identifies these criticisms’ shortcomings, which the Note argues result from a narrow understanding of ANCs and the 8(a) program. Instead, the Note makes the case for a more holistic understanding of ANC participation in the 8(a) program. Thinking of ANCs in this broader way provides a more useful framework for analyzing and evaluating proposed reforms to the program.
Truestone, LLC, announced today that its Vice President of Federal Civilian Services, John Sankovich, contributed to "Health Information Exchanges: Missing Pieces," an article addressing technical issues in the storage, sharing, and use of digitized medical records. In December, the article was posted on Information Week Analytics.
One of the top priorities of Old Harbor Native Corp. and other Alaska Native corporations (ANCs) continues to be the 8(a) program and our ability to continue to rely on this in the future because it brings money from the Lower 48 states to help fund Alaska Native social programs in Alaska, whether it's for health, education or providing dividends, which all are very helpful to Alaska Natives.
The Trustees of the NANA Elders’ Settlement Trust voted to issue a $2,000 per Elder distribution in 2011. The Trust was established by NANA in 2008 to provide a modest, yet needed, special distribution to NANA shareholders who are 65 years of age or older. This distribution was the result of a contribution from NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) which was approved by its board of directors on November 18, 2010.
Alaska Native corporations say the bill attacks Alaska Native Corporations and their shareholders, Alaska Native tribal peoples.
Board meetings can be boring, but one topic always livens up the room at NANA Regional Corp. — job opportunities for shareholders.
NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. distributed a $14 per share dividend today, Nov. 12, 2010, to shareholders of record as of Nov. 1, 2010. The total dividend distribution to NANA’s more than 12,000 Iñupiaq shareholders will be approximately $20 million.
The 2010 William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year is Helvi Sandvik, President of NANA Development Corporation. Helvi is an Alaska native businessperson who has dedicated her career to serving Alaska. Early in her career, she worked for the State of Alaska to bring quality transportation services to critical areas of the state. For the past 15 years, she has worked for NANA building a corporation that now produces revenues of more than $1.3 billion and employs 3,500 people in Alaska and 5,500 outside the state, serving the oil, mining, hospitality, government and engineering sectors.
Now, dozens of Alaska native corporations, benefiting from extraordinary rules that allow them to receive contracts of any size from the federal government without competition, collectively channel millions each back into the communities each year.
The numbers are grim. Alaska continues to suffer suicide rates much higher than the national average -- in the period 1996-2004, the overall Alaska rate ran as much as 80 percent higher than the U.S. average. In the same period, the rate for Alaska Natives was spiked at almost 500 percent higher than the U.S. average. Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/09/09/1446964/our-view-suicide-in-alaska.html#ixzz0zRTgW4ou
NANA Development Corporation (NDC) and Evergreen Films announced a strategic partnership agreement today at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce meeting. The investment positions NANA at the forefront of this emerging economic opportunity in Alaska and allows Evergreen Films to invest further in locally produced film and television projects.
Ted Stevens, the former United States senator who was killed Monday night in a plane crash at the age of 86, helped shape modern Alaska with federal laws and billions in federal dollars.
SAVA Workforce Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of enterprise IT and mission support services for the Defense, Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities, has been selected to enhance the quality of video teleconferencing (VTC) capabilities for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
More than 70 Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Public Health Services personnel traveling in Alaska’s rural regions to provide medical, dental and veterinary care.
NANA Development Companies to Provide Logistics, Engineering and Supply Support
President Obama has moved arctic science policy oversight to a White House council, according to a news release from the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
Residents on Hazel Avenue near Knik might have noticed a few peculiar things happening on their road last week: steel gadgets on tripods mounted beside the road, scientists with clipboards gathering data and a four-wheeler with a strange contraption attached to it running up and down the road for several hours.
There was no limit to the amount of help or advice a Small Business Administration 8(a) company could get in downtown Anchorage on June 22-23 while the National 8(a) Association held its 2010 National conference at the Marriott Hotel.
SAVA Workforce Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of enterprise IT and mission support services for the defense, law enforcement and intelligence communities, has been awarded a five-year Information Technology Schedule 70 contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
The chairwoman of a Senate oversight subcommittee is frustrated by slow implementation of an eight-month-old law that requires closer scrutiny of noncompetitive contracts.
NANA celebrates the new NOSI Operations Center with the opening of its bay doors to the Arctic breeze, Friday, June 18. NOSI is a distributor of jet A and B aviation fuel, diesel, heating fuels and gasoline. The company also delivers drilling fluids and potable water to camps all over the North Slope.
Red Dog mine has shelved its tentative plans to shut down its operations — for now.
Only eight years after the Shaktoolik girls basketball team marched all the way to the state championship game, the Lady Wolverines faced extinction because they didn't have enough players to field a team.
The company that operates the Red Dog Mine said last week it will open a new pit next to the one it has mined since 1989. That’s good news for not only northwest Alaska but also the entire state. Without the Aqqaluk deposit, Red Dog’s remarkable run as one of the world’s largest zinc mines will be over within a year or two.
NANA Regional Corporation has released a new press release on the latest developments at the Red Dog Mine.
Teck's announcement on the latest developments at Red Dog Mine
Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) will be consulted during the development and implementation of new rules affecting Alaska Native 8(a) and Native American defense contracting, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced after receiving assurance from Department of Defense (DOD) officials in Washington today.
Communities, residents and businesses from the Arctic gathered in Kotzebue April 13-15 at the National Park Service Heritage Center to discuss mining.
SAVA Awarded Army Force Generation Logistics and Asset Management Contract From Army Materiel Command
SAVA Workforce Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of enterprise IT and mission support services for the Defense, Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities, has been selected to provide executive-level consulting services in logistics and asset management for the Army Materiel Command. The contract also includes lifecycle and supply chain management, shipping and receiving, maintenance, repairs, spares, mobilization, demobilization, depot management, fleet management, asset management and tracking.
It's May, the month Teck Alaska said it must decide whether to start shutting down production at the big Red Dog mine in Northwest Alaska.
State officials anticipate the value of production by Alaska's mining industry will increase this year, thanks to stable base metal prices and increasing precious metal prices.
Begich secures commitment in meeting with top contracting official
Sens. Murkowski and Inhofe Ask Defense Secretary Gates to Consult with Alaska Natives and Indian Tribes on 8(a) Contracting Issue
All the years she was growing up, Helvi Sandvik, '86, and her family spent summers in the village of Kiana, on Alaska's Kobuk River, and the school year in Glenview, Ill., a Chicago suburb. She became an adult with feet planted solidly in both worlds, as the Anchorage-based CEO of a major Alaska corporation with close ties to her family's rural background.
NANA has been the only sustaining economic driver for our village corporation during the years when we needed cash flow. NANA pays other regional corporations 62 percent of their revenues.
New skills and on-the-job training; that is what more than 90 Alaska Native Corporation shareholders, predominately from the NANA Region, will receive this week. It is part of a partnership between NANA Development Corporation and Turner Industries; a Baton Rouge based industrial maintenance/turnaround/construction company.
The Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia have finally acquired optical fibre connectivity to the rest of the world.
Iliamna Natives Ltd. would like to applaud NANA/Red Dog Mine for helping our rural community, Iliamna, with the shares of the 7(i) and 7(j) funding received by our village. Red Dog should be recognized and thanked for their hard work and commitment to share the benefits received from resource extraction and mining.
The Red Dog zinc mine, owned by NANA Regional Corp. and mined by Teck, has been operating for more than 20 years in the Delong Mountains of northwest Alaska.
NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. held its 2010 Annual Meeting of NANA Shareholders in Buckland, Alaska on Monday, March 15, 2010.
For the second consecutive year, NANA Management Services has been recognized as one of the top minority-owned businesses in the country by DiversityBusiness.com in its annual "Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the U.S."
First Annual Snow Golf Challenge a success
My Inupiaq family has lived in the northwest Arctic for generations. I am a NANA shareholder and I am employed by Teck Alaska at Red Dog zinc and lead mine.
Score a hole in one to help provide scholarships and Alaska Native Language Preservation
Job training, apprenticeships and educational opportunities open for exploration