Becoming a Member

How to Become a Shareholder Participation Committee Youth Representative

Youth who are interested in serving as an SPC youth representative must either be a CIRI shareholder or confirmed, registered descendant, 13 to 17 years of age, and must submit (a) an application, (b) a letter of introduction, (c) a reference letter and (d) a short essay explaining why they want to serve as a youth representative and what they know about CIRI and their Alaska Native heritage. To be considered, completed application packets must be received by CIRI Shareholder Relations on or before 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on the second Wednesday of August. Completed packets received by the specified deadline are reviewed by a selection committee and winners contacted. Packets received after the deadline and those received from youth who are not selected will be kept for consideration in subsequent years. Accordingly, it is not necessary to apply more than once; however, it is necessary that the contact information be kept up-to-date.


How to Become a Shareholder Participation Committee Member

Who may serve: The three committees represent shareholders living in Anchorage, in Alaska outside of Anchorage, and in the Lower 48 states and Hawaii. Each committee consists of nine voting shareholders who: 1) are at least 18 years of age;  2) have access to a telephone and email; 3) have not been convicted, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, of a felony within five years of applying to serve; and 4) have not been found, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, to have engaged in fraud or illegal business practices, or to have breached a confidentiality agreement with the corporation. CIRI directors, management staff and their immediate family members (i.e., husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, children) are not eligible to serve on a committee, nor are CIRI employees or directors and management staff of CIRI subsidiaries or non-profit affiliates. Members generally serve staggered, three-year terms that begin at the time of selection and expire at the Annual Meeting three years later. Former members must typically wait six years before being eligible to serve again.

How to apply: Typically, nine SPC positions (three on each committee) are filled each year. Eligible shareholders who are interested in applying for one of the open positions must complete an online application, which includes explaining why they wish to become members and describing the qualities or skills they possess that they believe would be beneficial to serving. The 2021 application deadline is Friday, June 25. 

The selection process: When selecting new members, wherever possible, CIRI gives consideration to aligning the composition of the committee with its shareholder demographic. Completed applications returned by the deadline are reviewed and new members selected, with selected shareholders contacted by telephone or email and forms emailed to those who remain interested in serving. If a selected member declines to serve, cannot be contacted within ten business days or fails to return the completed forms within 20 days’ time, a replacement will be selected. Information pertaining to new and continuing SPC members–including, but not limited to, names, cities and states of residence and email addresses–is announced in the CIRI newsletter and/or made available on CIRI’s website and through other means.

Compensation: There are typically two regularly scheduled SPC meetings a year—one held to coincide with CIRI’s Annual Meeting, and the other to coincide with CIRI’s Anchorage Friendship Potlatch or the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. Members are compensated $150 for each regularly scheduled meeting. Any necessary air travel and lodging arrangements are made by CIRI. Members who live outside of the meeting area receive per diem to account for meals not provided by CIRI or otherwise made available and are also reimbursed for other reasonable expenses associated with attending meetings.

Other: Members are provided with information on CIRI’s values and its expectations regarding Ethics and Compliance. Upon initial selection, and annually thereafter, each member must review these materials and agree to fully comply with CIRI’s values and with the behaviors, principles and standards described in the materials while on CIRI property, staying in CIRI-arranged lodging, and attending and participating in CIRI shareholder and SPC meetings and events. Members are also provided with basic information on Robert’s Rules of Order and are asked to endeavor to conduct the business of each SPC meeting according to the rules.

Still interested in serving? Click here to complete and submit an application. As a reminder, the 2021 application deadline is Friday, June 25!