2016 CIRI Youth Art Contest
CIRI wishes to thank the participants in this year’s Youth Art Contest. The continued success of our company depends on young shareholders and descendants who think creatively and strive for greatness.
Save the Date*: CIRI’s Third Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar
If you are an artist who wishes to sell his/her wares at CIRI’s Holiday Craft Bazaar, contact Carolyn Bickley, CIRI’s Administrative Assistant, at (907) 274-8638. Deadline to register: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.
CIRI Summer Interns Embrace the Present, Plan for the Future
Insight into CIRI’s culture and businesses, development and mentorship opportunities, professional networking and resume building – CIRI’s summer interns took full advantage of the myriad opportunities offered them (and had lots of fun while doing it!).
Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 1
PFD Automatic Voter Registration
Alaska voters: The initiative will appear on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.
Culture Camp Teaches Youth About Mat-Su Valley’s First People
Honoring the profound significance of salmon to both the lifestyle and spirituality of Alaska Native cultures, Knik Tribal Council’s (KTC) annual summer culture camp treated youth in grades K-6 to a lesson in how to catch, identify, handle and process this most precious resource. But “Shan Qayeh,” or “fish camp,” is much more than a training ground for future salmon enthusiasts.
CIRI Turns Former Headquarters into Money Maker
Prior to CIRI’s 2015 move to its new home, the Fireweed Business Center, it was headquartered at 2525 C Street in Anchorage.
Moose Mamas Aims To Increase Moose Population On CIRI Land
“I feel like I was born for this,” Dana DeBernardi says as she hikes up to the fenced enclosure that houses six moose calves. The calves, either abandoned or orphaned, have been at Moose Mamas about a month. The goal of the Anchorage based nonprofit is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned moose calves back into the wild.
CIRI Calendar Photo Contest for 2017
CIRI is seeking photos from shareholders and descendants for use in the 2017 CIRI calendar. The winning photographers will be eligible to receive prizes!
Hilcorp Begins Standalone Project on CIRI Leases
Hilcorp, one of the nation’s largest privately-held oil and natural gas exploration companies, continues to make significant investments in the Cook Inlet region.
Save the Date: Unity in Community Voter Picnic
Join the Alaska Federation of Natives and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for a picnic to celebrate summer and get energized for the 2016 elections. FREE food, fun and family activities!
Download the Newest Episode of CIRIosity: ‘A Dip of Cool, a Sip of Swagger’
The latest episode of the CIRIosity podcast is available at ciri.com/ciriosity. Or you can subscribe to iTunes, and new episodes will download automatically to your smartphone or device.
2016 Board Election Results
Preliminary results indicate that CIRI shareholders elected five individuals to the CIRI Board of Directors at the company’s 2016 Annual Meeting June 4 in Puyallup, Wash.
Meet CIRI’s 2016 Summer Interns
As part of a company-wide commitment to deliver benefits to shareholders and descendants that provide an opportunity for them to advance in their careers and lives, this summer CIRI placed five youth in positions within CIRI departments and at CIRI subsidiaries.
Chickaloon Village Invests in the Health and Education of Its Residents
On May 26, the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council held a graduation ceremony at its Ya Ne Dah Ah (YNDA) School, Alaska’s only tribally-owned and –operated, full-time K-8 school and preschool facility.
White House Recognizes CIRI Talent
Greg Razo, a CIRI shareholder and company executive, has been recognized as a White House “Champion of Change.” Annette Evans Smith, president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, was recently nominated as a member of the National Council on the Arts.
CIRI Energy Employee Dan Mullins Honored with Hero Status
For helping prevent a suicidal woman from jumping from an overpass bridge, CIRI Energy Operations Manager Dan Mullins was honored by the American Red Cross of Alaska at its 17th annual Real Heroes Breakfast, held April 27 in Anchorage.
Youth Outreach Deadlines
June 10, 2016 – Youth recognition award nominations June 30, 2016 – Student report cards due August 10, 2016 – Youth Art Contest entries due …
Native Youth Olympics Celebrates Community and Culture
Bulk may rule the football field, brawn the wrestling mat and height the basketball court, but compact, slim athletes dominate the wrist carry, one of nearly a dozen competitive events at the Native Youth Olympics (NYO), an annual event produced by CIRI-affiliated nonprofit Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) and sponsored in part by CIRI.
CIRI Involved in Supreme Court Case
“It seems to me the Park Service doesn’t have jurisdiction.” Those were the last words Justice Antonin Scalia spoke from the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court before his passing earlier this year. The case involved Alaska. And, indirectly, CIRI.
2016 Shareholder, Elder and Youth Award Nominations
Nomination Deadline: June 10, 2016
CIRI is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Shareholder of the Year, Elder of the Year and Youth Recognition awards to be presented at the CIRI and The CIRI Foundation Friendship Potlatches this fall.
2016 Kenai Information Meeting
Nearly 200 CIRI shareholders and their families came together for the Spring Information Meeting April 16 in Kenai. Attendees enjoyed a nice lunch, heard a …
Day 001: Voices of Recovery
Produced by 90.3 fm KNBA, a Koahnic Broadcast Station, “Day 001: Voices of Recovery” celebrates the true stories of Alaskans overcoming alcohol addiction. Each mini …
CIRI Reaches Agreement to Sell CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation
Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) recently announced the sale of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation. Shareholders with email addresses on file at CIRI received an advisory message regarding the sale.
With Sincere Appreciation
Neshech’ Kahtnuht’ana: “A story feather created to implement productive communication and discover resolution. Whomever holds this feather, may speak, while others listen. Remember to pass your story feather often.”
2016 CIRI Dividend Update
CIRI’s dividend policy states that the total dividend payment to shareholders in any given year is equal to 3.50 percent of total shareholders’ equity, calculated as of December 31 of the prior year. As the first step in calculating dividend amounts, CIRI’s prior-year accounting books must be “closed,” which means all prior-year expenses and income must be received and either paid or properly accounted for.
2015 CIRI Shareholder Tax Information
CIRI mailed IRS 1099 forms to all shareholders for the 2015 tax year on February 1, 2016. Please note that you may receive more than one type of Form 1099, depending on the type of income received from CIRI, and the proper IRS forms and schedules to use when completing your tax return may vary depending on the types of CIRI payments received.
Be an Attendance Champion!
CIRI places a high value on youth. We want youth to succeed, and to do that, we know they need to get to class, and then stay in school until graduation. In fact, studies show that there is a direct correlation between reading and math proficiency and school attendance rates.
Panda Express Finds Home at Tikahtnu Commons
Tikahtnu Commons continues to expand with the recent addition of Anchorage’s very first Panda Express Chinese restaurant. With the addition of this business, Tikahtnu Commons is now approximately 95 percent built out, with only a handful of storefronts still available for lease.
Shareholder and Descendant Spotlight: Cy Two Elk
“The idea behind this was to create a business where we could control our own schedules and keep our family close together,” says CIRI descendant Cy Two Elk.
Ladera Community Breaks Ground
CIRI Land Development Company has broken ground on its 1,100-acre planned community in San Antonio, Texas.
Local Nonprofits Score with CIRI Golf Classic
For the 32nd year running, CIRI held its annual Golf Classic in August, raising more than $110,000 for local youth and education nonprofits.
Dena’ina Wellness Center Artwork Provides Healing Space
“People forget how important it is to have art living with us. Having those spaces where we can be peaceful and be empowered and heal, that’s what helps keep our community well,” says artist and CIRI shareholder Joel Isaak.
CIRI Recognizes Shareholder, Elder and Youth Award Winners
Each fall, CIRI recognizes its most committed and community-minded shareholders and descendants with annual awards.
The President’s Trip to Alaska
One month ago, President Barack Obama made a historic and unprecedented three-day trip to Alaska and I had the honor and privilege to accompany him. Looking back, I’m blown away by the fact that this was the first time a sitting President has ever visited rural Alaska.
CIRI Names New Vice President of Real Estate
CIRI is pleased to announce that Chad Nugent is the new vice president of the company’s Real Estate business sector.
President Obama Comes to Alaska
On August 31, nearly all of Alaska was abuzz with speculation and anticipation as President Barack Obama arrived in Anchorage for an extended visit to the state to address climate issues.
Happy 104th birthday
CIRI shareholder Peter Paul Shadura celebrated his 104th birthday on July 2, making him CIRI’s oldest living shareholder.
Raven Fund to provide scholarships
As CIRI shares continue to be gifted and inherited, the number of Alaska Native shareholders who are not original enrollees or lineal descendants has been increasing. In order to better serve this growing population, TCF has created the Raven Fund.
Cook Inlet Housing Authority earns national award
On Monday, Aug. 31, while visiting Anchorage, President Barack Obama announced that Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) was one of six organizations nationwide to be selected to participate in the ArtPlace American Community Development Investments program.
Safety first at Fire Island Wind
Fire Island Wind workers complete safety training course.
32nd annual CIRI Golf Classic a big hit
Another successful year as the CIRI Golf Classic raises money for a good cause.
Satisfy your CIRIosity!
Now you can connect with CIRI in an exciting new way! CIRIosity is the new podcast that takes you behind the scenes to hear the stories and voices of CIRI’s history, businesses, shareholders and descendants.
Weldin and Silver Mountain Construction receive governor’s award
Congratulations to CIRI subsidiaries Weldin Construction LLC and Silver Mountain Construction LLC, both of whom received a Governor’s Safety Award of Excellence.
CATC discounts for shareholders
CIRI Alaska Tourism provides discounts to CIRI shareholders and their immediate family.
Elevated fire risk for Alaska
Almost exactly one year ago, the Funny River fire ignited and consumed over 195 thousand acres, including some CIRI lands.
Cruz Energy honored with award
CIRI subsidiary Cruz Energy Services received the Trucking Company of the Year Award at the Third Annual Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards ceremony, held on March 10.
Youth educational incentives introduced
CIRI is implementing new incentives to encourage young CIRI shareholders and descendants to attend and excel at school: $100 cash prize drawings for students who maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above and for students with perfect attendance.
Dead elk don’t wander
Tim Lingle has a few undead elk on his hands. “We get a lot of false notifications that elk have died,” Lingle explains over the phone from his office in Pinedale, Wyo.
Federal loan program seeks Alaska Native homebuyers
Thinking of buying a home this year? Then think about looking into the HUD 184 Loan Program. This federal program offers housing opportunities for Alaska Native and American Indian people and eligible tribal entities.
North Wind opens new offices
CIRI subsidiary North Wind, whose headquarters is located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, opened new offices in Las Vegas, Nev., and Aiken, S.C. The Las Vegas office is focused on heavy civil construction, environmental remediation and mine reclamation projects in the southwest U.S.
CIRI youth explore future careers
A group of forward-thinking young CIRI descendants got a peek at potential future careers when they participated in the first-ever Take the Next Generation to Work Day at the CIRI corporate offices on Jan. 19. “I’ve been a youth representative for the Shareholder Participation Committee, but I still learned stuff about what CIRI does,” said CIRI descendant Parker Pickett, age 14.
Connecting people with opportunity
Though chilly temperatures kept some folks at home, about 100 job-seekers still came out for CIRI’s third annual Shareholder Job and Resource Fair on Jan. 29. The fair brought shareholders and descendants together with a variety of CIRI-affiliated companies, nonprofits and other non-CIRI businesses and organizations looking for promising new employees.
New prize drawing for confirmed descendants
In an effort to encourage descendants to keep their information updated, beginning in 2015, quarterly prize drawings for a Fitbit will be conducted from the names of all confirmed, registered descendants (those who have been issued a CIRI descendant identification card).
Affordable Care Act update
IRS Tax Form 8965, “Health Coverage Exemptions,” is now available. Alaska Native and American Indian people can use this form to apply for the Indian Exemption to the Affordable Care Act when filing their 2014 federal income tax returns.
CIRI sells ownership in Alaska Interstate Construction
CIRI and Nabors Industries completed the sale of Alaska Interstate Construction (AIC) in December. AIC and its Canadian operating company were acquired by Cruz Construction Inc., based in Palmer.
If you’ve driven down the Seward Highway in midtown Anchorage recently, you have noticed an exciting development taking place at CIRI’s Fireweed Business Center. With the installation of its windows over the past few weeks, the true look of the ending aesthetic is taking form.
‘Tis the season
CIRI encourages employees – and you – to give back this holiday! When CIRI employee Rhonda Oliver volunteered for a November afternoon spent helping students at Muldoon Elementary with their homework, she was taken aback by a third-grader’s response when she offered to quiz him on spelling words.
Alaska Native and American Indian Affordable Care Act Exemption
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), every American must have health care coverage, but there are special exemptions that exist for Alaska Native and American Indian people.
CIRI honors Shareholder and Elder Shareholder of the Year, bestows special Legacy Award
For 25 years, CIRI has recognized its most committed and community-minded shareholders with the CIRI Shareholder of the Year Award. The awards, given to shareholders …
Verizon launches Tikahtnu location
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CIRI embarks on more robust descendant registry
Descendant identification cards to be issued Even before they receive shares of stock, CIRI encourages descendants to become more involved in their corporation and learn …
90% by 2020 community partnership targets absenteeism in schools
Even in the early days of a new school year, some students face a challenge that will put them at a disadvantage: They will be among the 7.5 million students across the country who miss nearly a month of school every year, a factor that can correlate with poor performance at every grade level.
Between hard rock and a hard place
When you live in Idaho’s Silver Valley, toughness comes with the territory. For more than 100 years, the men of this region drilled into the hard rock valley walls some of the deepest and richest underground silver mines the world has ever known.
Work it: Fireweed Business Center provides shareholder job opportunities
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Chickaloon storyteller and activist remembered
Family and friends gathered Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Ya Ne Dah Ah School in Chickaloon, Alaska, to celebrate the life of CIRI shareholder Patricia …
Telephone survey and focus groups
This fall, CIRI will launch a telephone survey and host several focus groups, each of which will be conducted by Craciun Research Group, Inc. This …
Pay It Forward philosophy earns national recognition
For its exceptional philanthropic work, The CIRI Foundation (TCF) was honored with the Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)’s 2014 Tribal Philanthropy Award. The award recognizes …
Ranger station in Talkeetna renamed to honor Alaska Native climber
CIRI shareholder and employee Johanna Harper doesn’t like the spotlight. “I like to be the worker in the back, helping to keep things going – …
Native leader and land claims pioneer passes away at 84
A driving force behind the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and former president of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), CIRI …
Village of Tyonek unites to fight and recover from recent wildfire
On May 27, when a much-needed rain descended upon Southcentral Alaska, residents of Tyonek saw the beginning of an end to a wildfire that had …
Artfully done: CIHA raises awareness with pop-up project
If you’re out and about in Anchorage this summer, you may have already noticed some unique works of art popping up around town. In June, …
2014 CIRI Annual Meeting
A crowd of more than 400 turned out for CIRI’s 41st Annual Meeting of Shareholders June 7 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in …
Call for Youth Representative Applications and Art Contest Submissions
August 14, 2014, deadline The future of CIRI lies in the hands of the next generation of shareholders and descendants. One of CIRI’s priorities is …
Southcentral Foundation reaches historic settlement with Indian Health Service
A historic settlement agreement between Southcentral Foundation (SCF) and the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) will result in a one-time $96 million payment, plus $30 …
Mabel Pike Educational Center groundbreaking ceremony
The Alaska Native Heritage Center officially broke ground on the new Mabel Pike Educational Center on May 9 with plans to open this fall. The …
Guide to the 2013 Annual Report
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Career development services, from resume writing to beyond
For many unemployed individuals, getting a job isn’t a simple matter of writing a resume or submitting an application. “To get that job, you need …
Strong year for public markets bolsters CIRI’s private equity investments
In April, CIRI shareholders will receive their 2013 CIRI Annual Report, which will detail the results of CIRI’s business operations and investments.
CIRI distributed resource revenue payments on April 2
CIRI distributed resource revenue payments to its at-large shareholders in the amount of $13.8833 per share, or $1,388.33 to at-large shareholders who own 100 shares, on Tuesday, April 2.
Chance encounter leads to book publication 27 years later
When CIRI shareholder Janna Yancey, of Anchorage, was a little girl, she dreamed of two things: seeing her name on a card in a library catalogue and meeting the pope.
Save the date: open house, information meetings and annual meeting
ANCHORAGE OPEN HOUSE CIRI shareholders are invited to an Open House at CIRI’s corporate headquarters in Anchorage. Due to limited space, only shareholders may attend …
CIRI project in Hawaii receives nod of approval
Plans for a private subdivision in Hawaii took a significant step forward last month when the Kauai County Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources …
North Wind proves its performance in remote Alaska
Even by Alaska standards, the community of Hyder is remote. Nestled at the head of a 130-mile fjord on Alaska’s southern border with Canada. Hyder …
Kenai Fjords Tours Captain Tiffany Thomas receives passenger vessel safety award
The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) recognized the safety efforts of Kenai Fjords Tours Captain Tiffany Thomas with a new award, the 2014 Captain Elizabeth Gedney …
Congratulations to CIRI shareholder Aaron Leggett!
Aaron Leggett was selected as a recipient of one of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Humanities. He has played a vital role in preserving …
2013 CIRI shareholder tax information
CIRI mailed IRS 1099 forms to all shareholders for the 2013 tax year on January 31, 2014. Some shareholders may receive a second 1099 form …
Board write-in candidate information due Feb. 20
Shareholders interested in running for the CIRI Board of Directors as a write-in candidate, including those individuals not selected for the Board recommended slate, will have an opportunity to submit information for inclusion in CIRI’s election materials.
The CIRI Foundation delivers first grants in new program to support art, culture
An ancient art form now experiencing a resurgence among Alaska Native people; a group of master artists passing their knowledge on to a new generation: …
2013 Shareholder of the Year Awards
CLARE SWAN SHAREHOLDER OF THE YEAR Since 1989, when CIRI recognized Shem Pete with the CIRI Shareholder of the Year Award, CIRI has been honoring …