2016 Shareholder, Elder and Youth Award Nominations

CIRI shareholder and 2015 Elder of the Year Albert Harrison accepted his award at the 2015 Friendship Potlatch in Anchorage with his daughter Jennifer Harrison. (Pictured left to right: CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich, Jennifer Harrison, 2015 Elder of the Year Albert Harrison and CIRI Director Katrina Jacuk.)
CIRI shareholder and 2015 Elder of the Year Albert Harrison accepted his award at the 2015 Friendship Potlatch in Anchorage with his daughter Jennifer Harrison. (Pictured left to right: CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich, Jennifer Harrison, 2015 Elder of the Year Albert Harrison and CIRI Director Katrina Jacuk.)

Nomination deadline: June 10, 2016

CIRI is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 awards to be presented at the CIRI and The CIRI Foundation Friendship Potlatches this fall.

Since 1989, CIRI has annually bestowed the Shareholder of the Year Award on a shareholder who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to Alaska Native culture, heritage and communities.

CIRI introduced the Elder Shareholder of the Year Award in 2011 to recognize elder shareholders who have demonstrated exemplary dedication to these same areas through a lifetime of contributions that have benefited Native peoples.

A third category of recognition is for a young CIRI shareholder or descendant who is already making strides toward becoming tomorrow’s Alaska Native leader. In 2013, the Youth Recognition Award was developed to recognize CIRI shareholders and descendants who are 12 to 17 years of age for superior academic achievements, demonstrated leadership qualities, dedication to Alaska Native culture and heritage, outstanding contributions to community and family and exceptional determination and stamina in overcoming significant life challenges.

Help us celebrate individuals for any or all three category awards by visiting the CIRI website and submitting an online nomination form by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time, June 10.