CIRI is seeking nominations for its 2012 CIRI Shareholder and Elder Shareholder of the Year Awards. Nominations must be received by CIRI by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, and may only be submitted by CIRI shareholders and descendants. The awards recognize shareholders for their exemplary dedication to Alaska Native culture, heritage and communities, and will be presented at a CIRI Friendship Potlatch this fall.
CIRI is also seeking recommendations for its formal nominations to the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) President’s Awards. The AFN Awards spotlight Alaska Native people who have excelled in one of 12 categories of achievement. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2012 AFN Convention at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Previous Elder Shareholder of the Year recipients: Marjorie Jordan, Edna Linderman and Virginia Trenton, 2011.
Previous Shareholder of the Year recipients: Connie Wirz, 2011; Mary Lou Bottorff, 2010; Bob Juliussen, 2009; Jon Ross, 2008; Dr. James L. Simpson, 2007; Donita Peter, 2006; James Segura Sr., 2005; Alberta Stephan, 2004; Sava Stephan Sr. and Feodoria Kallander Pennington, 2003; Katie Wade, 2002; Lillian Lapp, 2001; Daisy Demientieff, 2000 and 1995; Emil Dolchok, 1999; Janie Leask, 1998; Joseph Oskolkoff, 1997; Howard Wilson, 1996.
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.