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Comprised of 11 villages, the NANA Region is a vast, beautiful 38,000 square miles located in Northwest Alaska. The borders of our lands, and those of the region’s main governing body, the Northwest Arctic Borough, are the same and cover an area of land that is roughly the size of the state of Indiana. As a corporation, we manage the surface and subsurface rights of approximately 2.2 million acres of land in the region to the benefit of our 12,500 Iñupiat shareholders.
More than 7,300 people call the NANA region home. Of these, more than 85 percent of region’s residents are Iñupiat, descendants of the people who settled the region thousands of years ago. Subsistence plays a key role in the lives of shareholders. For centuries, the Iñupiat have relied on hunting and fishing. For most families in the NANA region, the household economy is a mix of participation in subsistence activities and full-time or part-time employment.
Subsistence is not just economic necessity – it also plays a strong cultural and social role - and the preservation of subsistence resources is a vital element of NANA shareholder cultural identity and values.
We improve the quality of life for our people by maximizing economic growth, protecting and enhancing our lands, and promoting healthy communities with decisions, actions, and behaviors inspired by our Iñupiat Ilitqusiat values consistent with our core principles.
Today, NANA owns 2.28 million acres, or approximately 9.4 percent of the 24.3 million acres that comprise the NANA region. NANA lands encompass an area that is roughly the size of Indiana. In 1972, a merger of the area’s regional corporation and ten of the eleven village corporations resulted in NANA’s ownership of both the surface and subsurface acreage, with the exception of the surface acreage Kikiktagruk Iñupiat Corporation (KIC) retained.The land selection and conveyance process is now largely completed, but the work of the NANA Lands Department continues to ensure that our rights are never again in question.
NANA operations, which extend from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica across the continental United States to the Middle East and South Pacific, cover these four categories: engineering & construction; resource development; facilities management and logistics; and information technology and telecommunications. Our clients and partners are world-class professionals – petroleum and mining, private enterprise, and government operations.
||Entitled to 2,258,836 acres. 1,374,167 acres of surface estate, and 1,503,365 acres of subsurface estate.