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Please see the attached for updates on the community’s COVID-19 status.

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To learn more about employment opportunities with Edison Chouest Offshore, please click this link for their 2 page descriptive brochure:

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The Ounalashka Settlement Trust, Board of Trustees, declared a $500 special, one-time distribution per OST Beneficiary on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Direct deposits will be in shareholders’ bank accounts by Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Checks will be mailed on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. If any OC shareholders are interested in signing up for direct deposit, please contact the OC office by emailing info@ounalashka.com for more information, or visit the OC site to download a direct deposit form. Thank you and stay safe!

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Please contact us with any questions or changes to your Shareholder information! The OC board has declared a distribution of $18 per unit. Checks will be mailed today (10/29/20) and the direct deposits will be in banks tomorrow (10/30/20).

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As an Ounalashka Corporation shareholder, you are encouraged to execute an OC Stock Will to ensure that your OC stock will be distributed in the desired manner.  It is important to update your OC Stock Will upon the death of a designated heir, after giving or a gift of stock, marriage, divorce, the birth or adoption of children and/or other life changes.

 

Effective as of July 1, 2018 distributions of OC stock are in whole shares only.  Example: if you own 100 shares and wish to leave your stock to three heirs, the stock will need to be split as follows: 33, 33 and 34.  Or, if you own fractions of shares (i.e. 3.333) the fractional shares cannot be broken down further.  The shares would need to be split 1, 1 and 1.333.

 

ADDITIONALLY, EFFECTIVE AS OF JUNE 2017, IF YOU CHOOSE TO LEAVE ANY PORTION OF YOUR OC STOCK TO A NON-NATIVE THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY UNITS IN THE OUNALASHKA SETTLEMENT TRUST.  WHICH MEANS – AS OF JUNE 2017 NON-NATIVE SHAREHOLDERS CANNOT INHERIT TRUST UNITS IN THE OUNALASHKA SETTLEMENT TRUST, AND THEREFORE, WILL RECEIVE NO MONETARY DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE TRUST.

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Patricia Lekanoff-Gregory 20.9%

Wendy Svarny-Hawthorne  20%

Michael R. Tutiakoff – 18.2 %

 

Lois A. Burrece 15.9%

Nicholai E. Lekanoff 15.6%

Shirleyann Shapsnikoff 4.3%

Jonathon Gustafson 2.1 %

Write-In Candidates 2.9 %

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Janice Laresa Krukoff – $2,000 (Donated full amount to Russian Orthodox Church)

Emily Oleyer – $1,000

Mary Helen Lekanoff – $1,000

Rachel Marie Lekanoff – $1,000

Bertha Metrona Nunn – $1,000

Lenard Lawrence Lekanoff – $750

Genee Marie Shaishnikoff – $500

Tyler J Baron – $275

Betty Mae Blalock – $275

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Unalaska and 351st Civil Affairs Command Awarded Civilian/Military Partnership of the Year

Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) is a program which allows military Guard and Reserve units from all over the country to expend training resources while conducting real-world missions in locations conducive to their training requirements. This program allows them to receive world-class training, while also serving rural communities in a meaningful way.

Five years ago, the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska submitted an application for IRT Civil Affairs support to assess public works opportunities and challenges in their community. In 2020, the Tribe received notification that their application had been approved. According to Tribe President Tom Robinson, “While in a meeting with Senator Dan Sullivan’s office I was encouraged to apply for the IRT program. I am so glad we did. Their engagement has brought our community leaders closer together and has been a very positive experience for us. We were, of course, excited when we learned Major Tulsi Gabbard was going to visit our community as a part of the IRT team.”

The award came on the heels of a Memorandum of Understanding between the local governmental entities. On August 27, 2020, Unalaska Mayor, Vince Tutiakoff; Qawalangin Tribe President, Tom Robinson; and Ounalashka Corporation (OC) CEO, Christopher P. Salts, Sr. signed a trilateral agreement. The first of its kind, the agreement is a commitment by the three entities to work together toward common goals to benefit the community. “I’m proud to serve this community. My family has called Unalaska home for generations. We all want the best for our people and community in the future. Agreements like this will get us there,” Mayor Tutiakoff stated.

Also present to witness were the 351st Civil Affairs team, which included Major Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman and former presidential candidate; Bernie Karl, President and CEO of Chena Power; Senator Joshua Revak, Alaska State Legislature; Givey Kochanowski, U.S. Department of Energy; Natalie A. Cale, OC’s General Counsel and Director of Ounalashka/Chena Power, LLC; Michael Deegan, Waste Management Executive; Chris Price, Qawalangin Tribe Environmental Director; and Ty Moore, CEO of Alaska Strategy.

COL Bradford Hughes, 351st Civil Affairs Command, Functional Specialty (FxSP) Chief, was pleased at the unique IRT opportunity. “It brought together some of the best and brightest within the FxSP to harness their collective influence and provide technical assistance to the community and stakeholders of Unalaska. The entire team had a wonderful experience, built readiness, and is looking forward to advancing this relationship into the future.”

Chris Salts, OC CEO, expressed gratitude for the award and enthusiasm toward the opportunities for shareholders and the community as a whole. “Unalaska faces great opportunities from geothermal power, from telecommunications and transportation, to remediation and community wellness. Given our remote location, unforgiving climate, and Alaska Native culture, we provide an unmatched training environment. We appreciate the IRT program and their involvement in our community.”

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The Ounalashka Corporation was formed in 1973 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. OC is a for-profit corporation with businesses in land leasing and development, and is the major landowner in Unalaska, with residential properties as well as commercial clients in the fishing and fishing support industries, international shipping and logistics, sand and gravel extraction, retail and others.

See original press release here.

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Attention OC Shareholders! Early-Bird Prizes have been drawn! See the full list below!

Elders

1st – $2,000 — Anna Jean Bereskin
2nd – $1,000 –Marlene Elizabeth McGlashan
3rd – $750 – Timothy Marion Carr
4th – $500 – John Bereskin
5th – $200 – Ernest Makary Stepetin

All Shareholders

1st – $3,000 – Jon Christopher Defevers
2nd – $2,000 – Candace Mary Stepetin
3rd – $1,500 –Yasmine Rae San Luis Berikoff
4th – $750 –Douglas Gabriel Krukoff
5th – $500 – Rachel Dirks Jolliffe

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