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 – Dickie Moto
The Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) was formed in June 1986 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 7,500 residents, 81.1% of which
are Iñupiat. NAB’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents. Product and service delivery is accomplished through the three main departments of planning, public services and economic development. NAB currently has an 11-member assembly and a 27-member staff. The annual general fund appropriation is roughly $12.5 million and from that, $1.8 million supports education and $6 million is appropriated for payment of bond debt. NAB received an additional $21.9 million in the special revenue fund and capital improvement projects and 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 Land Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. NANA’s mission is to provide economic opportunities for its more than 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, to protect and enhance NANA lands and to promote healthy communities. NANA is governed by an elected 23-member board as well as an Elder advisor. This board composition ensures that every decision and board action benefits shareholders. NANA manages 2.2 million acres of land to the benefit of its shareholders and its lands encompass 11 communities: Ambler, Buckland, Deering, Kiana, Kivalina, Kotzebue, Kobuk, Noatak, Noorvik, Selawik and Shungnak. The NANA region shares the same borders as the Northwest Arctic Borough.
Maniilaq Association (Maniilaq)
Board Chair – Eva Kinneeveauk
President/CEO – Tim Gilbert
Maniilaq Association (Maniilaq) is a 501(c)(3) and one of 12 regional Native nonprofit corporations located within the state of Alaska. Headquartered in Kotzebue, the transportation and commercial hub of the region, Maniilaq provides health, social and tribal services for about 8,300 people within the twelve federally recognized tribes located within the Northwest Arctic Borough and the village of Point Hope. The Maniilaq Board of Directors is comprised of tribal representatives from each community in its service area, and with approximately 550 employees in its workforce, Maniilaq is also the largest in-region employer. The Maniilaq service area is designated by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration as both a medically underserved area and a health professional shortage area, having major challenges in recruiting of primary medical care, dental and mental health providers.
Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD)
Board of Education President – Margaret Hansen
Superintendent – Terri Walker
Serving a growing population of 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 a subsistence lifestyle built on hunting and fishing. By supporting both Iñupiat 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.