The Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) had a year with many successes, substantial expansion and several “firsts”. Below is a summary of actions and events for the organization in 2016. We encourage Members, Partners and friends to review the yearend report and stay engaged for 2017.
Please share and distribute immediately with Alaska Native people who had family members that attended Carlisle Boarding School.
The US Army is currently seeking assistance in locating family members or tribes to return ancestral remains. To view the handout Carlisle brochure – click here.
Army has extended invitations to consult on this issue to all Federally recognized tribes. Because the historical records are so incomplete, Army cannot determine all the tribes represented within the Carlisle Cemetery. If you believe you have an ancestral family member buried at Carlisle and would like to consult on having their remains relocated to a cemetery of your choice, please contact:
Army National Military
Cemeteries, 1 Memorial Drive,
Arlington, VA 22211 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultation Goals Include:
- Assess tribes with ancestral remains interred at Carlisle cemetery;
- Assist tribal families to provide Army with exhumation requests and affidavits;
- Develop processes for sensitive treatment of remains before/during/after excavation;
- Develop process for legal transfer to families and transport of remains;
- Work with tribes to develop list of which tribal members will be in attendance during excavation for ceremonial purposes or to take possession of remains.
Due to resignations, the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) recently solicited interest for eligible applicants to serve on the Board of Directors. An appointment was made in October and a subsequent appointment made early November. The newest ANVCA Directors include Martin Hanofee, President of The Tatitlek Corporation and Loren Peterson, President/CEO and Chairman of Azachorok Incorporated. Both Directors will serve the remaining terms of their predecessors, set to expire in 2019.
Loren Peterson was raised in Mountain Village, a predominately Yupik community located on the Lower Yukon River. He has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for Alaska Natives while protecting cultural values. Loren currently serves as Chairman and President/C.E.O. of Azachorok Inc., an A.N.C.S.A. Village Corporation. Loren is also the Chairman & CEO of Azachorok’s subsidiary, A – Z Contract Services LLC which is entering the 8(a) Business Development Program. He is originally an “after born” meaning he was born after 1971 when A.N.C.S.A. incorporated Alaska Native Corporations. With inherited shares from his late father, William J. Peterson Sr., Loren is one of the younger Chairman/CEO’s overseeing a village corporation.
Loren completed his B.A. in Journalism with emphasis on Political Science at the University of Oregon and spent time studying at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks including the Rural Alaska Honors Institute program prior to entering college. However, it was due to his experience as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Ted Stevens in Washington, DC that lured him into studying politics. After completing his undergraduate degree, he earned a scholarship for the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University, where he completed graduate level courses in Political Management and Lobbying. While at the GWU, he interned at the National Congress of American Indians where he was exposed to the broader range of issues impacting Alaska Natives and Native Americans.
After returning to Alaska, Loren served as an Asa’carsarmuit Tribal Council member in Mountain Village while working full time as an Environmental Program Director for the Yupiit of Andreafski in Saint Mary’s, Alaska. He then went on to become a legislative aide for State Senator Donny Olson, where he spearheaded legislation to create the Alaska Native Language Preservation Council (ANLPC). The passage of the legislation allocated $1 million towards efforts to restore indigenous languages statewide through the work of the ANLPC.
More recently, Peterson worked at the Alaska Conservation Foundation as the Alaska Native Fund Program Officer where he played a key part towards establishing a sustainable Alaska Native Fund endowment fund with the goal of awarding $500,000 annually to the Alaska Native community for conservation efforts addressing energy, climate change and sustainable economic development to name a few.
Loren is looking forward to serving on the ANVCA Board. “I hope to be a great asset and will be able to contribute meaningful service on this statewide organization in advancing the mission of ANVCA so that village corporation members and rural communities have the infrastructure and financial security to be resilient and continue their efforts to become sovereign Alaska Native communities.”
Loren Peterson currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
ANVCA hopes highlight Mr. Martin Hanofee in a future story.
You are encouraged to attend!
The USDOC Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is hosting five tribal consultations throughout the US to gather information to continue or change services at the Alaska MBDA Center and the other four American Indian/Alaska Native Centers (AIAN).
The Alaska tribal consultation is scheduled for this Monday, November 28 at the Dena’ina Center, the day before the BIA conference kick-off. The invitation to Monday’s tribal consultation and the topics MBDA is gathering input on are included here.
The following issue and legislative actions have been proposed by the ANCSA Regional Association, General Counsel Group (RGC). The message and documents have been provided to ANVCA in an effort to solicit feedback, become aware of opposition or find support for their efforts.
The issue relates to “abandoned” ANCSA stock as a result of missing Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) shareholders and nonresponsive/non-locatable heirs. Due to lapses in the law, the legal theories of escheat, presumptive death and abandonment do not currently provide adequate solutions for these situations. A workgroup of three regional corporations (CIRI, Doyon and Calista) was created to address the issues and devise a systemic solution.
Solutions include amending the Alaska Probate Code. The proposed amendments include: defining abandonment and establishing steps an ANC must follow prior to declaring stock “abandoned” such that the shares could be cancelled and accrued dividends deposited into the ANC’s general fund; accounting for an affected shareholder or heir later claiming to the stock and dividends; in instances of nonresponsive/non-locatable heirs, allowing for an ANC to make a finding that the potential heir is a “declared non-heir”; and specifying in the statute that escheat is a terminal act. Importantly, the amendments would be permissive, so that those wishing to use them may do so, while those wishing to maintain current practices may continue with those practices.
Please review and distribute materials as appropriate within your corporation, including of course with your shareholder relations/records leads and management teams. Please send all comments to Bruce Anders CIRI General Counsel at BAnders@ciri.com, copying Calista General Counsel Bonnie Paskvan at email@example.com, and Doyon Vice President of Human Resources and Shareholder Services Robin Renfroe at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than December 2, 2016.