On August 11, 2022, an event was held at the Sitnasuak Native Corporation (SNC) Nome office for the announcement of our partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF) to enhance the visitor experience at the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (BLBNP) in Nome. Thanks to the generous support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, more than $4.4 million in grant funding will go to support the renovation of the existing visitor center and the outdoor area to create a welcoming and inclusive space to share culturally relevant content through exhibits and digital media. This project will also create new and enhanced in-person and distance learning opportunities and strengthen relationships and engagement with Tribal communities.
SNC Board Director, Barbara Amarok gave the event welcome and SNC Shareholder Arlene Soxie provided the opening blessing song in Inupiaq. We also had an opportunity to hear some words by Walter Panzirer, a trustee from the Helmsley Charitable Trust as well as from the BLBNP Superintendent, Jeanette Koelsch who shared their excitement for this project and the collaboration that is to happen, not only with SNC but with the communities of Deering, Wales and Shishmaref.
“Our national parks provide opportunities for people from around the world as well as right here in Alaska to engage with nature and understand important history, both natural and human,” said Walter Panzirer. “Helmsley is proud to again support the National Park Foundation to help enhance the visitor experience at what is more than a national park, but a national treasure.”
Read the official press release here