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Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation announces new executive director

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation board has announced the hire of BBNC shareholder Greta L. Goto to fill the position of executive director. After over 13 years, executive director Luanne Pelagio is retiring this fall. Goto will begin her new position on September 9 and will work alongside Pelagio during a transition period.

Goto earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her undergraduate degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She brings with her more than ten years of professional experience in strategic planning, development, grant program and budget management, and advocacy and constituency building.

Goto worked as Projects Manager, Office of Academic Affairs, Workforce Program at the University of Alaska Statewide for the past three years and is owner of GLG Consulting. She is an alumna of the BBNC Education Foundation and served on the Foundation board from 2006-2009.

"Greta will be a wonderful asset to the Foundation. The knowledge and experience she brings with her will allow the Foundation to continue to provide education and training funds to many future generations of BBNC shareholders," said Marie Paul, BBNC Education Foundation Board President. "I would like to thank Luanne for her dedicated service to the Foundation; her passion and commitment has helped hundreds of students reach their goals."



Grants: Bristol Bay Native Place Names Project

The Bristol Bay Native Place Names Project was prompted by the late Harvey Samuelsen, who spoke of the need and importance of preserving place names in the Bristol Bay region. It later resulted in the Bristol Bay Online! Website, intended to help collect preserve and increase accessibility to information about Native place names for the people of Bristol Bay.

Through a collaborative effort, the BBNC Education Foundation and the BBNC Land Department would like to expand/continue the efforts to celebrate and preserve Native heritage.  One of BBNC Education Foundation’s strategic goals is to “foster the study and preservation of culture, history and native languages of the Bristol Bay Region”.  It is the intent of the foundation to start with a small, focused effort in partnership with the BBNC Land Department.  Traditional knowledge is rapidly being lost through natural attrition of elders and others possessing knowledge of Native place names, oral history and traditional stories.

Therefore, this application process will allow community, tribal, school group members to apply for a grant of up to $1,000.00 for projects that will enhance the focus of the Native Place Names Project, as well as encourage involvement in areas that have not been covered in the region in the past.

Application for Cultural Heritage Project grant