CIRI seeks 2014 award nominations: Shareholder of the Year, Elder of the Year and Youth Recognition Awards

2013 CIRI Elder of the Year Betty Gilcrist and Shareholder of the Year Clare Swan with President/CEO Sophie Minich. Photo by Joel Irwin.

CIRI is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 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 shareholders who have demonstrated exemplary dedication to the above noted areas through a lifetime of contributions that have benefited Native peoples.

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.

Please consider nominating a CIRI shareholder or descendant who you feel deserves recognition relevant to the selected award category. The nomination form is available online at

Completed nomination forms and supporting documents must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 14 and should be sent to:

CIRI Corporate Communications
P.O. Box 93330
Anchorage, AK 99509-3330
Fax: (907) 274-8836