Descendant FAQs

Descendant FAQs

 

  1. Why should I register as a CIRI Descendant?
    1. Registering as a Descendant opens the door to future opportunities with CIRI and its family of socially driven enterprises, including scholarships, cultural programs, internships, shareholder and descendant participation committees, employment and training opportunities, and more.
  2. How do I register as a CIRI Descendant?
    1. To register, Descendants must submit a completed registration form and the legal documentation establishing the relationship to a CIRI Shareholder. It is super easy! You can even email photos of your documents to the Shareholder relations department. Click here for more information.
  3. What is the difference between a Shareholder and a Descendant?
    1. CIRI Shareholders own CIRI shares. Alaska Native Shareholders vote to elect CIRI’s Board of Directors, and vote on other issues of importance. All CIRI Shareholders receive distribution payments from the CIRI Settlement Trust.
    2. Descendants (e.g., the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc.) of CIRI Shareholders are not allowed to vote nor do they receive distribution payments; however, they are eligible for a broad range of programs and services.
  4. What are some CIRI programs I am eligible for?
    1. Next Gen Day (grades 5-12)
    2. Educational incentives (grades 7-12)
    3. Internship Program (18+)
    4. Virtual Mentoring Program (18+)
    5. CIRI Shareholder and Descendant Participation Committees (ages 18+)
  5. How will I be notified about CIRI programs and benefits?
    1. CIRI regularly communicates with Descendants through eNewsletters and announcements regarding items of interests (e.g., educational, training and job opportunities; upcoming events; and new programs and services.). To reduce paper waste and costs CIRI primarily communicates electronically, but may occasionally send mailings on important topics.
  6. How can I ensure that I receive the latest notifications from CIRI?
    1. To ensure timely receipt of the latest CIRI news and events, it is important for Descendants to maintain up-to-date contact information. A Contact Information Update form is available for this purpose. You can also keep your contact information up to date in CIRI’s Shareholder and Descendant portal, Qenek: https://qenek.ciri.com/. Descendants who regularly access their Qenek accounts have their names included in quarterly prize drawings.
  7. Can I receive text updates?
    1. Yes! You can opt in to receive text message updates on Qenek.
  8. What social media does CIRI have that I can follow?
    1. Twitter
    2. Facebook
    3. Instagram
    4. YouTube Channel
  9. What is the purpose of a Descendant I.D. card?
    1. The cards indicate whether the bearer is a direct lineal Descendant of an Alaska Native CIRI shareholder, or non-Native CIRI shareholder, and may also be helpful in assisting Descendants to prove eligibility to receive services from various agencies and organizations.
    2. Identification cards may be used to check in at CIRI events, and may also be presented to vendors and Shareholder and Descendant business owners that provide Descendant discounts.
  10. Does the card prove my Alaska Native blood quantum?
    1. If a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood is needed, Descendants need to apply with the Bureau of Indian Affairs at 3601 C Street, Suite 1258, Anchorage, Alaska, 99503, telephone (907) 271-4477, toll-free 1-800-645-8465, email [email protected] or fax (907) 271-4085.
  11. What if I lose my card?
    1. Descendants who have lost or damaged their cards should contact Shareholder Relations to request a replacement.
  12. Am I eligible for scholarship funding?
    1. While CIRI does not directly offer scholarships and grants, Descendants are eligible for funding through The CIRI Foundation (TCF). Currently, TCF eligibility is determined through an applicant’s status as an original enrollee of CIRI, or as a direct lineal Descendant of an original enrollee.
  13. I am an artist, what support does CIRI provide for artists?
    1. CIRI maintains an Alaska Native artist directory for artists to connect with potential customers.
    2. The CIRI Foundation offers grant funding to non-profit and tribal organizations throughout Alaska working with Alaska Native artists to produce tangible artwork. Click here to learn more about grant funding opportunities.
  14. I am a small business owner, what support does CIRI provide?
    1. CIRI provides a Shareholder and Descendant owned business directory. CIRI encourages support of businesses owned or operated by Shareholders and Descendants by highlighting their services and products on our website and in our newsletters.
    2. Through a partnership between Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Cook Inlet Lending Center, and Anchorage Community Land Trust, an Indigenous Peoples Set Up Shop Program is available to help Alaska Native, American Indian and Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs start up small businesses.
  15. What prizes am I eligible to win?
    1. CIRI Descendants are eligible to win multiple prizes. Click here to learn more!
  16. Can I serve on the Board of Directors as a Descendant?
    1. To serve on the CIRI Board of Directors, you must be a CIRI Shareholder.  However, confirmed Descendants are eligible to serve on CIRI’s Shareholder and Descendant Participation Committees.
  17. What employment services are available to me?
    1. Cook Inlet Tribal Council offers numerous employment and training services for Alaska Native and American Indian individuals residing in the Anchorage area.
    2. com aims to connect Alaska Native job seekers with employers in an easy-to-use online platform, regardless of location.
    3. CIRI’s career page highlights current employment opportunities with CIRI.
  18. Does CIRI offer medical and dental assistance?
    1. No, but CIRI Descendants who live within the Cook Inlet region are eligible for a variety of services offered by Southcentral Foundation  at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center, and by the Alaska Native Medical Center. Alaska Native individuals living elsewhere in Alaska, or the Lower 48 states may be eligible for services provided by the Indian Health Service and/or through local tribal providers.
    2. For Descendants living in the Lower 48, please contact the Alaska Native Health Resource Advocate Program which aims to meet the information and referral needs of Alaska Native people regardless of location.