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BBNC Applauds EPA for Release of Final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

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January 15, 2014

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Andria Agli
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BBNC Applauds EPA for Release of Final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Metrokin is releasing the following statement concerning today’s release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment:

“From the very beginning, EPA was in Bristol Bay because our federally recognized Tribes and Native organizations, including BBNC, asked them to be. With today’s release, science has weighed-in: Bristol Bay, its existing jobs and way of life could be irreparably damaged by a large-scale mine that is the size and scope of the Pebble project—and therefore, our fish, our people and our cultures must be protected.

“BBNC supports responsible development where it can be done without causing unacceptable risks to the people, cultures and fishing economy of our region. The proposed Pebble mine is not such a project. It’s time for the agency to initiate a 404(c) action to protect Bristol Bay.”

Today’s release concludes a thorough, three-year effort. EPA previously released two draft versions of the Watershed Assessment in May 2012 and April 2013 and went through two public comment periods that generated more than 1.1 million written comments. More than 98 percent of public comments received from the region were in support of the agency’s process and work. Both drafts were also peer-reviewed by twelve subject-matter experts who twice provided EPA comments on how to strengthen the Assessment. All of this input was reviewed and, where appropriate, incorporated into the final document.

The backbone of the analysis came from Northern Dynasty Minerals (NDM), the 100% owner of the Pebble claims and the Pebble Limited Partnership. The mining scenarios in the Watershed Assessment were based on water rights applications NDM filed with the State of Alaska and a 2011 technical report that the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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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, BBNC works to ensure the continuation of the life and culture of its over 9,400 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

Job Opportunities at BBNC

Togiak

Bristol Bay Native Corporation is accepting applications for a Village Resource Specialist in the Togiak sub-region to provide a variety of corporate and resource services for shareholders of BBNC within the the Togiak, Twin Hills, and Manokotak villages. This is a part-time position working 20 hours per week. Read the full job description and apply online by clicking here.

BBNC gives employment preference to shareholders, their spouses and descendants.

2014 Internship Opportunities

BBNC offers job and training opportunities in Alaska and the Lower 48 in a wide variety of areas, including accounting, construction, information technology, engineering and techinical services, and many more.

BBNC shareholders, spouses and descendants are encouraged to apply.

Click here to view the BBNC Internship flyer.

Click here to open the BBNC Internship Application.

If you have any questions, please contact BBNC at (907) 278-3602.

RELEASE: Statement from Metrokin regarding Rio Tinto's 'Strategic Review' of its Northern Dynasty shares

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2013

FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Andria Agli, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Statement from President & CEO Jason Metrokin
regarding Rio Tinto’s ‘Strategic Review’ of its Northern Dynasty shares:

Rio Tinto’s announcement today that it has decided to take another look at the Pebble investment is timely, appropriate and encouraging, and it reflects well on Rio Tinto’s leadership, whom we have come to know as thoughtful and responsive.

We are confident that anyone who thoroughly reviews the proposed Pebble mine investment will come to see it as do the majority of the people in Bristol Bay: a risk to the region’s land, people and cultures. The risks far outweigh the potential benefits.

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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 9,400 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

2013 Village Leadership Workshop & BBNC Christmas Party

The 36th Annual Village Leadership Workshop will be held on December 5 and 6 at the Hilton Anchorage and is open to Village Corporation and Village Council leadership.

The Hilton Anchorage is offering a special rate of $89 + tax. To reserve, click here and enter the group code BBNC, or call (800) 445-8667.

Register for the VLW by November 29 to be entered into a drawing to win $250. Registering online is quick and easy! Click here to get started.

BBNC Christmas Party
The BBNC Christmas Party will be held on December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anchorage. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased in advance electronically using the online registration site by clicking here, or you may send payment to Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Attn: Andria Agli, 111 W. 16th Avenue, Suite 400, Anchorage, AK 99501. Limited tickets are available.

Tickets that are purchased online can be picked up at the BBNC office, at VLW, or will be available at the doors the night of the party.

If you have questions, please call BBNC at (800) 426-3602 or (907) 278-3602.