Since its inception, CIRI has and continues to provide financial support and work with community partners to create and build a family of Designated Tribal Organizations and affiliated community nonprofits that serve the needs of Shareholders, Descendants and other Alaskans, providing needed services and education programs that reflect traditional Alaska Native values. Learn more from CIRI’s new video highlighting our community partners!

Service Providers: Designated Tribal Organizations

CIRI is recognized as a tribal entity under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) of 1975, and delegates its tribal authority to three organizations that serve over 70,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in the Cook Inlet region regardless of their affiliation with CIRI. CIRI’s Designated Tribal Organizations provide health care, housing, employment, education and other social and cultural enrichment services.


Offering a broad spectrum of services, Cook Inlet Tribal Council helps Alaska Native and American Indian people reach their full potential through education, employment, family preservation and substance-abuse counseling.

  • Alaska Native Justice Center
  • Cook Inlet Native Head Start
  • Alaska Native Youth Olympics
  • Alaska’s People 

Cook Inlet Housing Authority creates affordable housing opportunities that empower all low-income people in the CIRI region, which drives economic development and promotes healthy communities.

  • Rental Properties
  • Lending Services
  • Home Improvement Programs
Southcentral Foundation

Southcentral Foundation provides Alaska Native-centered health care and related services for Alaska Natives and Native Americans throughout the CIRI region.

  • Primary care services
  • Dental services
  • Traditional Healing

Service Providers: Community Nonprofits

CIRI helped to establish and continues to support a family of nonprofit organizations. These organizations provide important cultural education, scholarships and information for people in the CIRI region and beyond.


The CIRI Foundation was created by the CIRI Board of Directors and is a private foundation that provides educational scholarships for post-secondary education and cultural heritage support for CIRI shareholders and descendants. Since its inception in 1982, The CIRI Foundation has awarded more than $37 million in scholarships and grants to CIRI Shareholders and Descendants.

  • Scholarships
  • Vocational Training
  • Cultural Resources

The Alaska Native Heritage Center was created by a unanimous vote of the Alaska Federation of Natives and is strongly supported by Alaska Native corporations across the state. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a nationally recognized cultural center that showcases Alaska Native cultures and provides educational programs about the history and traditions of Alaska Native people to Alaskans and visitors from around the world.

  • Alaska’s living cultural center
  • Immersive educational programs
  • Education and promotion of Alaska’s rich and diverse cultures

As the operator of KNBA and the media center for Alaska Native and Native American voices, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation delivers music programming and popular nationally recognized shows such as Native American Calling and National Native News.

  • Nationally recognized Alaska Native programming
  •  Indigenous music
  • Streaming of Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention