Being a Shareholder

While a significant percentage of CIRI’s original shareholders were of Dena’ina and Ahtna descent, CIRI is the corporation of Alaska’s urban center and many Alaska Native people who had relocated from other regions were enrolled to CIRI under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Thus, CIRI’s Alaska Native shareholders are of Athabascan, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Inpuiat, Yup’ik, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Aleut/Unangax descent—a unique cultural diversity that represents shareholders from all Alaska Native groups, from throughout the state.

Today, some CIRI shareholders continue to live traditional subsistence lifestyles, while others have become business owners, corporate executives, physicians, attorneys, educators and social workers, among other professions. But throughout every sector, across Alaska and the Lower 48, CIRI shareholders remain proud of their diverse cultures and heritage.