Year: 2023

Business News

Swami Iyer Hired as CEO, Sarah Lukin Promoted to President

CIRI is pleased to welcome new leadership! In October, the CIRI Board of Directors announced the appointment of Swami Iyer as CEO and promotion of ...
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Shareholder News

Seeking Culturally Rooted, Community-Minded Leaders to Join the CIRI Board of Directors

Voting CIRI Shareholders age 18+ are invited to apply to the CIRI Board of Directors by Jan. 8, 2024.
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Feature

A Conversation with Former CIRI Historian A.J. McClanahan

During a visit to Anchorage earlier this year, the Raven’s Circle sat down with CIRI's former historian Alexandra "A.J." McClanahan.
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CIRI in the Community

2023 CIRI Golf Classic Raises $90,000

On Aug. 4, CIRI hosted its 39th annual CIRI Golf Classic to benefit two nonprofit organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska and Facing Foster ...
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A Word from the President

A Word from Our President and CEO

As my time as your president and CEO comes to a close, I want to express my sincere gratitude to each and every one of ...
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Board Corner

Board Corner

It’s a time of transition here at CIRI.
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As Seen in Our Region

November is Native American Heritage Month

During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor the profound impact Indigenous peoples continue to have in shaping our nation.
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Recipes

Recipe: Seafood Chowder

Warm up with this delectable seafood chowder featuring halibut, salmon and clams.
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Shareholder News

Save the Date: Next Gen Day

Mark your calendar: 2024 Next Gen Day will be held Monday, Jan. 15!
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Achievement Announcement

CIRI General Counsel Stephanie Aicher Named One of Alaska’s ‘Legal Elite’

For her excellence in providing legal services, CIRI Vice President, General Counsel Stephanie Aicher was named to the inaugural list of Alaska Business Legal Elite.
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Contests and Competitions

2023 CIRI Art Contest

Thank you to our Shareholders and Descendants who submitted original works of art for the 2023 CIRI Art Contest interpreting the theme “IN the CIRI ...
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Shareholder News

Bonded by Blood (and Ink)

CIRI Shareholders Larry Oskolkoff II, Tayler Higgins and Cody Henrickson can trace their ancestry to Ninilchik, one of seven villages in the CIRI region.
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Feature

CIRI Advocates for Expedited Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans Allotment Program Implementation

Drawn-out and confusing processes, combined with limited available lands, have hindered successful land transfers.
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In Memory

In Memory

View the obituaries of Shareholders and Descendants who have recently passed away.
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Important Dates

Important Dates

Mark your calendar for these important dates.
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In the Community

CIRI in the Community: Denełchin ‘Super Fab’ Lab

“Denełchin” means “to make something” in the Dena’ina language—and in August, Cook Inlet Tribal Council made a big move to its new Denełchin Super Fab ...
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office closure

CIRI Holiday Closure

CIRI will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, through Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.
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Missing Shareholders

Shareholders with Returned Mail

The following CIRI Shareholders do not have a current mailing address on record.
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Shareholder News

2024 Board Recruitment Period is Open

Help shape the future of CIRI! Voting CIRI Shareholders age 18+ are invited to apply to the CIRI Board of Directors. The application deadline is ...
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CIRI News

CIRI Summer Interns Gain Real-World Work Experience While Immersing Themselves in Culture

CIRI was thrilled to host interns Elyse Decker, Maddie Mulcahey and Chloe Tetpon this summer!
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A Word from the President

A Word from Our President

In June, I was fortunate to lead an executive breakout session during our spring CIRI Participation Committee (CPC) meeting.
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Feature

Carol Gore Retires After 22 Years of Service to CIHA

On June 2, original CIRI enrollee Carol Gore (Aleut) retired from Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) after having served as its president and CEO since ...
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Feature

Salamatof Launches Forestry and Fire Division

Warming temperatures have fueled a spruce bark beetle epidemic across Southcentral Alaska.
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INTERN-al Affairs

CIRI Summer Interns Visit Seldovia

Our trip began July 23 in Anchorage, where we caught an early flight to Homer on a small-cabin plane.
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As Seen in Our Region

As Seen in Our Region

View from Trail Lake Campground on the Kenai Peninsula looking south toward the community of Primrose, Alaska.
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Recipes

Recipe: Whipped Wild Alaska Berry Dessert

Thank you to CIRI Shareholder Sonita Cleveland for sharing her recipe with us!
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As Seen in Our Region

As Seen in Our Region

View of Cook Inlet and Mt. Iliamna from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe campus in Kenai, Alaska.
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Winners' Circle

Winners’ Circle

To increase participation in certain programs, CIRI holds periodic prize drawings from the names of those enrolled who meet certain criteria and have a mailing ...
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Important Dates

Important Dates

Mark your calendar for these important dates.
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Board Corner

Board Corner: Treasurer Rolf Dagg

My father, Gosta Dagg (Yup’ik), was born in 1939 in Anchorage.
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CIRI in the Community

CIRI in the Community: Kenaitze and Salamatof Come Together to Celebrate Opening of the Net

On June 1, Kenaitze and Salamatof tribal members celebrated fishing the first tide of the season and cut the ribbon on the new Kahtnuht’ana Dena’ina ...
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: Olivia Hurlburt

CIRI Shareholder Jeff Hurlburt is pleased to announce the graduation of his daughter, Oliva, from Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts.
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: Marin Wadsworth

CIRI Shareholder Holly Spencer is pleased to announce the graduation of her daughter, Marin Wadsworth, from Northern Illinois University.
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: Mackenzey Christoffersen

CIRI Shareholders Tiffany Deason and Kenneth Christoffersen Jr. are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, Mackenzey, from Bartlett High School in Anchorage.
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In Memory

In Memory

View the obituaries of Shareholders and Descendants who have recently passed away.
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Dividend Distributions

Third Quarter Distributions

Third-quarter payments from the CST Elders Distribution Fund will be mailed or directly deposited on Sept. 8. Third-quarter payments from the CST Distribution Fund will ...
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CIRI News

Save the Date: 2023 Friendship Potlatches

CIRI’s fall Friendship Potlatches will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 in Kenai, Alaska; Sunday, Oct. 22 in Anchorage, Alaska; and Saturday, Nov. 4 in the ...
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Missing Shareholders

Shareholders with Returned Mail

The following CIRI Shareholders do not have a current mailing address on record.
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Save The Date

Save the Date: 2023 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention

The 2023 AFN Convention will be held Oct. 12-21 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
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Business News

Tribal Conservation Districts Prioritize Traditional Knowledge

In Alaska, tribal conservation districts (TCDs) combine local knowledge with technical resources to actively manage natural resources on traditional lands, the goal of which is ...
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Business News

TCDs in the Cook Inlet Region

There are three tribal conservation districts in the Cook Inlet region: Eklutna, Knik and Tyonek.
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Board Corner

Board Corner

I was born on the Yukon River at Nulato and lived most of my life in Anchorage. It was a fellow CIRI Shareholder, Donald Watson, ...
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A Word from the President

A Word from Our President

Thank you to all those who turned out, either in person or via webcast, for our 2023 Annual Meeting, held Saturday, June 3 in Anchorage.
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Business News

CIRI Mourns the Recent Passing of Former Board Directors

Original CIRI enrollees and former CIRI Board Directors Gosta Dagg, William “Bill” English, Helen (Nagy) Josefsen and Leo Stephan recently passed away.
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Honors and Recognitions

“Native America Calling” and KNBA Awarded National Humanities Medal

A big congratulations to KNBA 90.3 FM and “Native America Calling” for receiving a National Humanities Medal!
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Winners' Circle

Winners’ Circle—Q1 2023

To increase participation in certain programs, CIRI holds periodic prize drawings from the names of those enrolled who meet certain criteria and have a current ...
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Annual Meeting

2023 Board Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 election of CIRI Directors!
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: Council President

Congratulations to CIRI Shareholder Alfred Tellman, who was recently elected president of Knik Tribal Council.
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: High-School Graduation

CIRI Shareholder Samuel J. Anaruk and his wife, Christina, are pleased to announce the graduation of their daughter, CIRI Descendant Winter Angifak Concepcion Anaruk, from ...
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: Published

Congratulations to CIRI Shareholder Leslie Colburn, whose story about her three-legged cat, S’more, was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons Learned from My ...
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Annual Meeting

2023 Annual Meeting Prize Winners

2023 eVote, Early Bird and webcast prize winners.
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Recipes

Peroke—Fish Pie

Thank you to CIRI Shareholder Alexis Colberg-Nelissen for sharing her recipe with us!
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Important Dates

Important Dates

Mark your calendar for these important dates.
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In Memory

In Memory

View the obituaries for Shareholders and Descendants who have recently passed away.
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Missing Shareholders

Missing Shareholders

The following CIRI Shareholders do not have a current mailing address on record.
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Jobs and Job Opportunities

Job Opportunity: North Wind Group President/CEO

CIRI subsidiary North Wind Group seeks qualified candidates for the president/CEO position.
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CIRI News

2023 Board Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2022 election of CIRI Directors!
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Business News

Cook Inlet Region Leaders Come Together to Identify Priorities

CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich kicked off two days of Alaska Native leadership meetings with a call to unity.
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CIRI News

Apply Now: CIRI Participation Committee

CIRI Shareholders and Descendants are invited to apply to serve on the CIRI Participation Committee. The application deadline is Friday, June 30.
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Board Corner

Board Corner: A Message from CIRI Board Director Pat Marrs

When I joined the CIRI Board of Directors in 1977, John Colberg served as Board Chair.
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A Word from the President

A Word from Our President

There is still plenty of snow on the ground here in our region, but the sun has returned, and the days are growing longer—we made ...
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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Braden Kinnebrew

Meet Braden Kinnebrew (Tsimshian), a CIRI Shareholder who parlayed a CIRI summer internship into a full-time job and a successful career in the construction industry.
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As Seen in Our Region

As Seen in Our Region: Ninilchik

View from the bluff overlooking Cook Inlet in Ninilchik, Alaska.
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CIRI News

Apply: CIRI Virtual Mentoring Program

The next Virtual Mentoring Program cohort application deadline is Friday, July 21.
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Shareholder and Descendant Programs

2023 Next Gen Day

CIRI had record turnout for 2023 Next Gen Day, held Jan. 16 at CIRI’s corporate headquarters in Anchorage.
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Business News

CIRI President and CEO Recruitment

CIRI is a uniquely different type of for-profit Company, serving a diverse population of stakeholders.
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: Director Position

Congratulations to CIRI Shareholder Amber Christensen Fullmer (Inupiaq), who recently became director of operations for the Alaska Native Justice Center.
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In Touch with Shareholders

In Touch: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Congratulations to CIRI Descendant Justin Stephan, who recently graduated from Florida Southern College with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
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Business News

Honoring 30 Years of Service

Together, the CIRI Board and our president and CEO, Sophie Minich, recently announced a transition in leadership that will take place the end of the ...
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CIRI in the Community

CIRI in the Community: Junior NYO

For the first time since 2020, the Junior Native Youth Olympic Games took place in person Feb. 24-26 in Anchorage.
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As Seen in Our Region

As Seen in Our Region: Aurora Borealis

The aurora borealis above the Knik River.
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Dividend Distributions

2023 Shareholder Distributions

The audit of CIRI’s 2022 financial statements has been completed, allowing 2023 distribution amounts to be calculated.
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Feature

Susan Anderson Concludes 23 Years of Service to TCF

On March 31, original CIRI enrollee Susan Anderson departed The CIRI Foundation after having served as the foundation’s president and CEO since 1999.
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Recipes

Recipe: Salmon Spread

Submitted by CIRI Shareholders Darla and Nikki Graham.
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Upcoming Events

2023 Annual Meeting — Saturday, June 3 in Anchorage

The 2023 CIRI Annual Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 West 7th Avenue ...
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Important Dates

Important Dates

Mark your calendar for these important dates.
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Important Dates

CIRI Office Closure: July 3-7, 2023

CIRI offices will be closed Monday, July 3 through Friday, July 7.
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In Memory

In Memory

View the obituaries of Shareholders and Descendants who have recently passed away.
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Feature

In the Family — Give the Gift of CIRI Stock

CIRI stock, the gift of a lifetime!
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Missing Shareholders

Missing Shareholders

The following Shareholders do not have a current mailing address on record.
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Opportunity Knocks

Summer Job Opportunities at Johnson Tract (remote Alaska location)

As HighGold prepares for another field season, CIRI Shareholders and Descendants are encouraged to apply for the following positions.
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Shareholder News

Call for Artists — CIRI Activity Book

CALL FOR SHAREHOLDER AND DESCENDANT ARTISTS Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m. Alaska Time on Sunday, March 19 As part of CIRI’s dedication to promoting and preserving ...
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Recipes

Recipe: Moose Soup

Perfect for winter, this cozy soup uses fridge and pantry staples you likely already have on hand. If you do not have moose meat, feel ...
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As Seen in Our Region

As Seen in Our Region

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CIRI in the Community

CIRI in the Community: Covey Academy — Covenant House Alaska

Providing an array of resources and services to help homeless youth on their journey to self-sufficiency, Covey Academy connects young people with housing, job training ...
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Board Corner

Board Corner: A Message from CIRI Board Assistant Secretary Katrina (Dolchok) Jacuk

Dear friends in the CIRI community: After 14 years of service, I have chosen to step aside from the CIRI Board of Directors. It is ...
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Shareholder News

New Video: The CIRI Family of Socially Driven Enterprises

Since its inception, CIRI has provided financial support and worked with community partners to create and build a family of tribally designated organizations and community ...
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A Word from the President

A Word from Our President

Happy new year to you, our Shareholders and Descendants! As we move into 2023, I am excited for what lies ahead. This spring, CIRI will ...
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CIRI News

Village of Tyonek Welcomes VPSO

Congratulations to the village of Tyonek! Thanks to a coordinated effort among the Native Village of Tyonek (NVT), Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) and the ...
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CIRI News

2023 CIRI Summer Internship Program

Application deadline: Friday, April 28 CIRI is now accepting applications for its 2023 Summer Internship Program! To be eligible for consideration, applicants must: Be a ...
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CIRI News

Save the Date: 2023 Information and Annual Meetings

For the first time since 2019, CIRI will host in-person Information Meetings in Anchorage; Kenai, Alaska; and Puyallup, Wash. The Annual Meeting will be held ...
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Shareholder News

Winners’ Circle — Q3 and Q4 2022

To increase participation in certain programs, CIRI holds periodic prize drawings from the names of those enrolled who meet certain criteria and have a current ...
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In Memory

In Memory

Harlan Richard Adkison, 85 Harlan Richard Adkison passed away Sept. 11, 2022, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Mr. Adkison was born Jan. 27, 1937, in ...
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Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight

Shareholder Spotlight: Fred S. Elvsaas Jr.

Growing up steeped in Alaska Native politics has given CIRI Shareholder Fred S. Elvsaas Jr. (Aleut) a unique perspective on the history, culture, challenges and ...
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Shareholder News

2022 Tax Information

2022 CST payments are nontaxable The quarterly payments issued in 2022 from the CIRI Settlement Trust (CST) Distribution Fund and the CST Elders Fund are ...
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Important Dates

Important Dates

March 10, 2023  CST Elders Distribution March 12, 2023  Daylight Saving Time begins (2 a.m. Alaska Time) March 22, 2023  First quarter and resource revenue change ...
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Shareholder News

2023 Farewell Access Permits

As in previous years, recreational use permits will be issued for access to portions of the Farewell area for Dall sheep hunting in 2023. Access ...
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Opportunity Knocks

Job Opportunity with The CIRI Foundation: President/CEO

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Missing Shareholders

Missing Shareholders

The following CIRI Shareholders do not have a current mailing address on record. When CIRI mail is returned as undeliverable, the distributions are held and ...
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CIRI News

2023 Board Recruitment

Board write-in Candidate Information deadline has closed. As of noon Alaska Standard Time on Wednesday, February 15, the deadline to submit Board write-in candidate information ...
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CIRI News

Welcome the New CIRI.com!

Welcome to the new CIRI website! We worked closely with CIRI stakeholders to develop a new website that was welcoming and provided the important information ...
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