Leaders in Northwest Arctic work together to:
- Serve the people of the region
- Maximize resources and minimize duplication
- Promote strategies through grassroots involvement
- Be a steering committee to examine various region-wide issues
- Find solutions and recommend policy and resource allocation
Northwest Arctic Borough
Assembly President – Nathan Hadley Jr.
Mayor – Lucy Nelson
The Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) was formed in June 1986 and currently operates as a home rule borough and the local political sub-division of the State of Alaska. With approximately 36,000 square miles of land, NAB is the second-largest borough in the state and is roughly the size of the state of Indiana.
NAB serves 7,800 residents of which more than 80% are Iñupiaq. NAB’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents. Product and service delivery is accomplished through five main departments: planning; public services; public safety; community and economic development (CED); and the mayor’s office, which administers specialized support services through the clerk’s office and finance. Additionally, through a separate 501(c)3, NAB subsidizes the Sulanich Art Gallery, which sits under the CED department and promotes traditional Native arts and crafts as a reliable source of income for residents. NAB currently has an 11-member assembly and nearly a 30-member staff. The annual general fund appropriation is roughly $30 million and from that, $4.4 million supports education, $6.8 million is appropriated for payment of bond debt, $10 million for operations and the remaining for other appropriations and mandatory code investment contributions. NAB received an additional $9.5 million in the special revenue fund grant appropriations.
NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA)
NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) is one of 13 Regional Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) created pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). NANA’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for its more than 13,000 Iñupiaq shareholders and to protect and enhance NANA lands.
Maniilaq Association (Maniilaq)
Board Chair – Guy Adams
President/CEO – Tim Gilbert
For more than 30 years, Maniilaq Association (Maniilaq) has provided health, social and tribal service to residents of northwest Alaska. As a non-profit corporation, Maniilaq represents 12 federally-recognized tribes located in Northwest Alaska and manages social and health services for approximately 7,000 people within the Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) and the village of Point Hope. Additionally, Maniilaq coordinates tribal and traditional assistance programs, as well environmental and subsistence protection service. Maniilaq is the largest employer in the region. Developing a local workforce trained in nursing and other medical fields will help Maniilaq increase local hire and diminish high turnover among transient medical staff.
Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD)
Board of Education President – Margaret Hansen
Superintendent – Terri Walker
Serving more than 2,000 children in Northwest Alaska, the Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD) employs approximately 180 teachers in the borough’s 11 villages. Connected by rivers and air routes – but no roads – the villages typically are home to people practicing a subsistence life built on hunting and fishing. By supporting both Inupiat and Western standards of success in classrooms, the NWABSD prepares students to take an active role in this quickly changing corner of the Last Frontier.