In the coming months, this newsletter will showcase a series of profiles on the seven ANCSA-certified villages that make up the Cook Inlet region. We’ll take a look at what life is like in each village and town: the attractions, the opportunities, the challenges.
A graduate of the first cohort of students from the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program (ANELP), CIRI employee Rhonda Oliver recently found herself back in class – this time not as a student, but as a guest speaker.
When you complete your Permanent Fund Dividend application, you’ll have the option of selecting from a list of eligible Pick.Click.Give. organizations that can receive all or a portion of your 2015 dividend in October.
“I literally worked from the ground up to get on the CIRI board,” says Hallie Bissett, CIRI shareholder and member of CIRI’s Board of Directors. She landed her first CIRI job – as a groundskeeper – at age 14.
The first quarter CIRI Elders’ trust payment of $450 is scheduled for Friday, March 13, with the remaining 2015 Elders’ payments scheduled for June 12, Sept. 11 and Dec. 11. Original shareholders who are 65 years of age or older and who own at least one share of CIRI stock as of these dates are eligible to receive the $450 payments and do not need to do anything other than keep a current mailing address with CIRI Shareholder Relations.
CIRI descendant Amariah Faith Rude Locklear and Stephen Locklear are happy to announce the birth of daughter Scarlett Addison Locklear. She was born on Oct. 6, 2014, in Anchorage. Amariah is the daughter of CIRI shareholder Ronalda Rude and the granddaughter of the late Ernest Rude. Stephen is currently deployed in the Navy.
CIRI descendant Da’Hmir Lamarr Hale graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in Social Science and an Associate in Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Allen Hancock College May 2014 in Santa Maria, Calif. He is the son of CIRI shareholder Donna Jo Hale and grandson of CIRI shareholder Florence W. Hale.
Perched atop a steel structure outside the Ironworkers Local 751 building in Anchorage, CIRI descendant Taylor Clinton called down to the instructors of Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s (CITC) new ironworkers training program: “I love it up here!”
The mission of CIRI is to promote the economic and social well-being and Alaska Native heritage of our Shareholders, now and into the future, through prudent stewardship of the company’s resources, while furthering self-sufficiency among CIRI Shareholders and their families.
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Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is one of 12 regional corporations established in Alaska by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. CIRI is owned by over 9,200 Shareholders, primarily of Athabascan, Southeast Indian, Inupiat, Yup’ik, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Aleut/Unangax descent.