Jan. 30, 2014

Calista To Host 40+ Communities at Regional Committee Gathering

All Areas Represented – Yukon Delta, Kuskokwim Delta, Coastal, Both Rivers

(Anchorage, Alaska) –

Calista Corporation announces that more than 40 YK Delta communities have registered for the Regional Committee gathering. Approved by Calista’s Board of Directors, the gathering looks to help Tribes, village corporations and regional nonprofits gain a more powerful voice politically and economically. The meeting will be held in Bethel, Feb. 4-6, at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.

“Calista will stand arm-in-arm with the Tribes and village corporations in the region,” said Calista Corporation Board Chairman Willie Kasayulie. “Calista will support Tribal sovereignty and rights, economic and operational opportunities for village corporations, improved energy solutions for our communities, and more.”

“Alaska has largely been shielded from national and international economic difficulties,” said Calista Corporation President/CEO Andrew Guy. “In the past year our region has begun to feel these realities, with reduced funding for social services, housing programs, health care and infrastructure development. Calista anticipates further funding reductions at both the state and federal levels will affect tribes and corporations alike.”

Unlike the resolution passed by AVCP, this Regional Committee is an alliance of tribes, regional nonprofits and corporations in the YK Delta. The Committee seeks to protect the continued existence of all tribes, regional nonprofits and village corporations instead of a new tribe. The facilitator is Nelson Angapak. The goals will be to discuss social and economic issues affecting the region, how to address these problems, how to unify as a political and economic force, and more.

ANCSA for-profit corporations have two overall directives. First, to operate as a successful business. Second, to improve the socio-economic condition of the region.

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The second largest of the original 13 Alaska Native Corporations, Calista Corporation was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and represents more than 12,500 Shareholders. The Calista region encompasses more than 6.5 million acres and includes 56 villages, which are incorporated into 46 individual village corporations. Since 1994, Calista has provided more than $3.3 million in scholarships and since inception nearly $23 million in dividends and Elders Benefit Program distributions to its Shareholders and Descendants.

Calista Corporation is the parent company of more than 35 subsidiaries in the following industries: military defense contracting, construction, marketing and advertising services, communications, real estate, environmental and natural resource development and information technology services. Calista can be found on Facebook and Twitter.