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Chinuruk

July 3rd, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments


The village corporations for Nightmute and Umkumiute merged to form Chinuruk, Incorporated.

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CALISTA

May 12th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments


Founded in 1972, Calista Corporation is the second largest of the 13 regional corporations established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. It is a business corporation formed under state and federal laws, including the settlement act and its amendments. In the traditional Yup’ik language of our Region, the name “Calista” is derived from “Cali” which means work and “ista” which means someone or something which does. We work hard to help our customers achieve their missions and goals, and we base our methods and strategies on the highest ethical standards. Because of this, Calista is dedicated to following its Strategic Plan and building Shareholder Value. Our successful companies and strong revenue growth are evidence of this commitment, and will benefit our Shareholders both today and in the future.

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Calista Corporation’s contract suspended due to Washington Post investigation

October 4th, 2008 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments


FDA Takes End Run to Award Contract to PR Firm

By Robert O’Harrow Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 2, 2008; A01

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had an image problem. For months last year the agency had been pummeled by Congress for poor inspections of tainted vegetables, drugs and other products.

FDA leaders decided to hire a contractor for a public relations campaign that would “create and foster a lasting positive public image of the agency for the American public,” according to agency documents.

A competition, as prescribed by government policy, was not held to get the lowest bid for the $300,000 contract. Instead, FDA officials came up with a plan to ensure the work would go to a Washington public relations firm with ties to the FDA official arranging the deal, according to an examination by The Washington Post.

The plan used a circuitous route around the standard government contracting procedures. The contract was awarded in July to Alaska Newspapers Inc., a firm owned by an Alaska Native corporation that does not have to compete for federal work because it qualifies for special set-asides. The idea was for ANI to hand over the work to Qorvis Communications, the Washington firm, documents show. CONTINUE »

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