Sitnasuak Elections Certified
Sitnasuak President Mike Orr announced that Becka Baker, Louis Green Jr. and Bobby Evans were elected to seats on the Sitnasuak board and two proposals passed. “We’ve never done that before,” Orr said referring to the vote on proposed actions.
He explained one proposal: Item #3 was necessitated by complaints that non-shareholders were being involved in Sitnasuak actions. Now Sitnasuak shareholders will carry official identification cards. “It’s going to be expensive to issue 3,000 shareholder cards,” Orr added.
Item 4, a Feasibility study for operating a building for cultural events, was passed. “Shall Sitnasuak Native Corporation operate a “Qargi” or multi-purpose building for cultural events in Nome?” Sitnasuak voters answered YES on this proposal.
Edna “Becka” Baker Is a newcomer to the board. She is retired from the State of Alaska Elections Supervisor. She is a shareholder in Bering Straits Native Corporation and Koyuk Corporation.
“All I can offer is honesty and integrity and I’ll roll up my sleeves,” Baker stated.
Louis Green Jr. is a long time member of the board and incumbent. He served on the Board of Directors from 1993 to 2000 and from 2010 to the present. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee as the chairman of the Land Committee.
Green has been splitting his time between Nome and Seattle where he attends to his injured son.
Robert “Bobby” Evans is also an incumbent serving on the board from2010 to the present. His current term expired this year. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Evans is a shareholder in Bering Straits Native Corporation and a tribal member of the Nome Eskimo Community.
Mike Orr, himself from Nome with connections to St. Lawrence Island came to Sitnasuak Corporation by way of the Army, college, and banking, including Wells Fargo Gas Global Banker then back to Nome and Sitnasuak.
The corporation has grown considerably: It has approximately 800 employees and about 2,800 or more shareholders. The largest operation the corporation owns is in Puerto Rico, a uniform manufacturing plant, and the smallest, but most active is in Nome. “Sitnasuak shareholder equity 68.4 million with $3.6 million net income last year,” Orr finished.