CIRI seeks award nominations

CIRI is seeking nominations for its 2009 Shareholder of the Year Award and Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Awards. Nominations must be submitted to CIRI by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.

CIRI’s Shareholder of the Year Award recognizes shareholders who have shown dedication to Alaska Native culture, heritage and communities. CIRI considers both shareholder accomplishments and contributions to Alaska Natives when choosing a Shareholder of the Year. The award will be presented at a CIRI Friendship Potlatch this fall. Only CIRI shareholders or descendants may submit nominations.

AFN President’s Awards spotlight Alaska Natives who have excelled in one of 11 categories of achievement: Culture Bearer, Della Keats “Healing Hands,” Eileen Panigeo MacLean Education, Elder of the Year, Health, Hunter-Fisher, Parents of the Year, Public Service, Roger Lang Youth Leadership, Glenn Godfrey Law Enforcement and Small Business. CIRI is seeking recommendations for its formal nominations to AFN. The awards will be presented at the 2009 AFN Convention at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage.

For award criteria and applications, go online to CIRI’s website,, and click on the “Awards Nominations” box. E-mail [email protected] or call (907) 263-5146 with questions or concerns.