Community development is very important to Sitnasuak Native Corporation for impacting the quality of life and sustainable development with our people inclusive of economic, social and environmental aspects.
At Sitnasuak our business philosophy guides and measures our approach with community development according to a triple bottom line: Profitability, Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability.
In line with this business philosophy, Sitnasuak has established a Subsistence Committee to ensure community development respects and supports our traditional Alaska Native hunting, fishing and gathering activities. Subsistence is vitally important in community development as it supports economic, cultural and food security that sustains our people and community – historically and proudly into today. This Committee works with the Corporation and local, state and federal agencies for staying informed, sharing updates, and providing a forum to address subsistence and ecosystem topics including marine mammals and fishery issues in the waters that surround our land.
Sitnasuak is also involved in the Bering Strait Alliance (BSA), a consortium of village corporations in the region. The goal of BSA is to allow all communities in the region to benefit from the new economic and business developments of oil exploration and increased marine traffic in the region.
Sitnasuak is also an investor in Unaatuq, LLC, a consortium of seven organizations in the region that owns 320 acres and the former Catholic Church facilities at Pilgrim Hot Springs. This site is culturally important and provides community development opportunities.
Community Development and Land-Resource Management
Land is Sitnasuak Native Corporation’s most valuable possession. Sitnasuak owns the majority of the lands (surface estate) surrounding Nome. Our shareholders and their families proudly live a subsistence lifestyle, as we have done for thousands of years, to sustainably provide for families and communities by utilizing the land and ecosystem which surrounds us.
The Sitnasuak Native Corporation Land Use Policy was established to balance preservation, subsistence and economic-community development. Sitnasuak offers land use permits, rather than selling the land, for activities that range from shareholder campsites and home sites, research, access, and other special use permits on a case by case bases.