Subsidiary Profile

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ANCSA?

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) became law on December 18, 1971. The legislation settled land claims with the Alaska Native population, establishing 12 active regional corporations and transferring to them a total of and $962.5 million and 43.7 million acres of land. All Alaska Native village and regional corporations had to make their ANCSA land selections by a 1975 deadline – less than four years after passage of the Act. The corporation worked for three years to assist all 56 Calista village corporations meet their filing deadlines. Calista collected and compiled roughly 200 different types of data within the 56 areas withdrawn for each village, including information about subsistence harvesting; fish and wildlife habitats; furbearer, mammal, waterfowl and plant ranges; soils; climate; mineral potential; and fishery potential. With this data collected and disseminated through local meetings, all 56 villages were able to make informed land selections by the 1975 deadline.

What is an ANC?

ANC is an abbreviation for the Alaska Native Corporation, which are corporations formed under ANCSA. There are now 12 regional corporations and more than 200 Alaska Native village corporations.

As a government agency, what is the advantage of contracting with an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)?

Alaska Native Corporation subsidiaries may be certified as 8(a) tribal entities by the Small Business Administration (SBA). This allows them to receive sole source government contracts, which exceed the normal competitive threshold of $3 million for services and $5 million for manufactured items.

How big is the Calista Region?

The Calista Region encompasses 57,000 square miles and is the second largest Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act region in land size. The land entitlement to Calista, however, is only 6.5 million acres - less than 20 percent of the land area. Approximately 75 percent of the land within the Region is owned by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of the remaining lands are owned by federal and state governments, with a very small amount privately owned. Surrounded by mostly federally owned lands, the Region is about the size of New York State. It encompasses nearly 10 percent of Alaska’s land area and is comprised of 56 federally recognized tribes. There are no roads that connect it with the rest of Alaska. Because everything must be flown or barged to each community, the cost of food, fuel, transportation and energy are extraordinarily high.

How many Shareholders does Calista Corporation have?

When the Alaska Native Corporations were established in 1971, 13,300 original Shareholders enrolled with Calista. Those Shareholders’ Descendants are estimated to number more than 20,000. Calista provides assistance to all people of the Region through education, internships, job training, employment advocacy and elder benefits. Original Shareholders 65 years or older receive additional benefits to help them with the high cost of heating fuel and living expenses.

How much dividend money is distributed every year?

Since inception Calista Corporation has distributed 10 Shareholder dividends. There were two distributions in the 1980s and one each year from 2008 to 2013; two dividends were provided in 2014. Calista also provides distributions as part of the Elders' Benefit Program, designed for original Shareholders 65 years of age or older. Calista's Board of Directors has approved an Elders' Benefit Program distribution each year since 2008.

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Calista Shareholder Dividends-Elders' Benefit Program

How many subsidiaries does Calista own?

More than 30.
More information is available here.

What is SBA 8(a)?

Small Business Advantage
The SBA has determined that 8(a) concerns owned and controlled by economically disadvantaged Indian Tribes are eligible as defined under the stated federal Acquisitions regulation’s Indian Incentive Program.

Does Calista make donations? How do I request a donation?

The success of any business should be measured by profitability and social responsibility. The Board of Directors has created specific guidelines to accommodate donation requests. Donation requests can be submitted with a complete donation request form (Note: The donation form is currently being updated).


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Address: 5015 Business Park Blvd, Ste 3000, Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: (907)275-2800
FAX: (907)275-2919
Toll Free: (800)277-5516

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