RELEASE: BBNC Opposes Ballot Measure 2

October 10, 2014


Bristol Bay Native Corporation Opposes Ballot Measure 2

On Friday, October 3, the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) Board of Directors voted to oppose Ballot Measure 2, the Alaska Marijuana Legalization measure, which will appear on the November 4 ballot in Alaska.

BBNC took opposition to the ballot measure after considering its possible impacts to Bristol Bay communities and the region’s youth. According to a 2014 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, marijuana use is associated with altered brain development, adverse educational outcomes, higher unemployment and greater dependency on social services.

“Our board decided to oppose Ballot Measure 2 in the best interest of our shareholders and communities,” said BBNC board chairman Joseph Chythlook. “BBNC and its subsidiaries promote drug-free workplaces and healthy communities in Bristol Bay.”

If passed, Ballot Measure 2 would allow people age 21 and older to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants. It would also make the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana paraphernalia legal.



Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA), BBNC works to ensure the continuation of the life and culture of its over 9,700 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

Annual Meeting Prize Winners 2014

2014 Annual Meeting Prize Winners:

Douglas Shade, Karen R. Johnson, Ira Nickoli, Robin Christensen, Anthony Gregorio, Posen Alexie, Annie Larson, Billy Blue, Okalena Petla, Jami Postishek, Timothy Sergie, Jr., Michael Napouk, and Chris Anderson

2014 Early Bird Prize Winners:

Helene Sagmoen, Edgar Shangin, Tevon Krause, Alma Angasan, Annie Andrew, George Hansen, Julia Blue, Ralph Lincoln, Charles Wassily, Arline Franklin, Serena Christopher, Twila McKnight, and Annette Active

2014 Online Webcast Winners:

Elizabeth Norbert, Matthew Smith, and Aimee Belleque

2014 Shareholder Informational Meetings

If you're unable to attend BBNC's Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Anchorage on October 4, 2014 at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center, please join BBNC at an informational meeting for a review of corporate activities. Informational meetings are a great way to catch up with other shareholders. Meetings are tentatively scheduled, as weather and other circumstances permit, at the following locations:

Palmer: Saturday, August 9, 2014, 12 p.m., Palmer Senior Citizens Center (1132 S Chugach St., Palmer, AK 99645)

Seattle: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12 p.m., Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, WA 98271, 888-272-1111)

Chignik Lagoon: Friday, September 5, 2014, 11 a.m., Tribal Office Building

Naknek: Friday, September 5, 2014, 6 p.m., Dolly's Hall

Port Heiden: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12 p.m., Ray's Place

Newhalen: Friday, September 12, 2014, 3 p.m., Teen Center

Nondalton: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12 p.m., Community Building

Koliganek: Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:30 p.m., New Koliganek School Gym

Dillingham: Friday, September 19, 2014, 6 p.m., Dillingham Elementary School

Togiak: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 12 p.m., Togiak School

2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders & Career Fair

Your participation in the 2014 BBNC Annual Meeting is greatly encouraged. Election results for the four Director seats will be announced, a review of corporate activity will be given, Shareholders of the Year will be announced, and door prizes will be given away!

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center
Tikahtnu Ballroom

Annual Meeting
Registration Opens at 8 a.m.
Meeting Begins at 10 a.m.

Career Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


If you're able to attend the annual meeting and career fair, BBNC will be validating parking for those who park in either of the Easy Park garages located off of G street between 6th and 7th Avenues, as well as the JC Penny parking garage. Street parking is also free on Saturday. Just bring your parking pass to the meeting with you and it will be validated near the Registration tables.

BBNC Descendant Enrollment Survey Prize Drawing

On July 23, 2014, Dittman Research randomly selected 10 winners for the 2014 BBNC Descendant Enrollment Survey Prize Drawing. Winners were selected from the pool of respondents who returned their survey by mail or completed their survey online by the June 20, 2014 deadline. Each survey respondent had an equal chance of being selected. The prize winners are as follows:

  • $2,500 - Brandon M. Seybert, Port Heiden, AK
  • $2,000 - Joclyn R. Reamey, Dillingham, AK
  • $1,500 - Ludwig G. Egeland, Jr., Dillingham, AK
  • $1,000 - Christopher A. Sheppard, Elma, WA
  • $500 - Vaughn B. Clark, Dillingham, AK
  • $500 - Raquel L. Schroeder, East Wenatchee, WA
  • $500 - Alice Brown, Canton, OH
  • $500 - Karen L. Atakitlig, Togiak, AK
  • $500 - Chris L. Anderson, Juneau, AK
  • 40,000 Alaska Airline Miles - Michelle M. Cavadini, Blaine, WA


Congratulations, and thank you for your participation.