FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the first time, the Fairbanks Native Association has made the state's top 100 list of Alaska private employers.
Alaska Economic Trends, a publication of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, lists the Native non-profit organization at number 81.
The association is one of five newcomers from around the state to make the annual list.
The organization, which employed 300 people in 1999, runs 21 programs dealing with substance abuse, employment, education, early childhood development and senior citizens.
Native organizations made up nearly one-fifth of the statewide list. Fifteen Native corporations or organizations are now among the top 100 employers. About two-thirds are for-profit companies, many of which are either oil field services or support the industry.
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