Shareholder wants answers from Ninilchik Native Association board

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2003

Who's who among Alaska Natives?

I have continually asked the Ninilchik Native Association for information concerning some of the dealings of our corporation, but have been ignored at all times. The association does not allow shareholders to attend any directors' meetings nor does it give out any information.

Here are some questions that I, as a shareholder, want answered:

1. Who authorized the Klukwan Timber buyback and who got paid off for it?

2. What happened to:

a. All the timber sales across the inlet and who got paid off?

b. The money from the radio station sale?

c. The money from the Deep Creek property and boat business and who benefited?

d. To all the Seven 7J monies that was supposed to be given to the shareholders?

3. Why did the previous board bail out so soon after these sales?

4. Why is everything kept so secretive if everything is honest and above board?

5. What happened to honesty and integrity and the Native way of life?

6. Does anyone even believe in the Native way of life that only the elders remember?

These and a lot more questions need to be answered because there would be no corporation without shareholders.

I think both NNAI and CIRI need to read the December issue of the Time Magazine and January/February issues of Reader's Digest to see what is happening with the Indians in the Lower 48. Almost makes you ashamed to be called Indian or Native.

I have requested at several meetings that they do away with proxy voting and send mail ballots, which is the only legal way to control your corporations. Proxy balloting gives them the right to control us.

They use our money against us to collect proxies and vote only those they want in and who will agree with their policies.

I have worked with several of the people on the CIRI board and knew where they stood before they got on that board. Their colors have changed from red for courage to green for money.

Inquiring minds want to know. I want to know. I have worked for the Native peoples since 1968.

If these corporations operated like they were supposed to there would not be a Native who would have to have any state support because they already have health and education benefits.

Marian Hostetter, Ninilchik

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