CIRI Endorses Senator Murkowski’s Re-election
|Southcentral Alaska Native Corporation Is Owned By Over 9,000 Shareholders|
“Lisa Murkowski has a track record of supporting Alaskans and Alaska Native people through common sense solutions and hard work,” said Sophie Minich, CIRI’s president and CEO. “Her ability to collaborate with Senate colleagues and work across party lines to move legislation important to Alaska, is in the best interest of all Alaskans. We are proud to stand by Senator Murkowski.”
In their endorsement, CIRI leadership highlighted Senator Murkowski’s key leadership positions in supporting programs that boost social services, housing, and public safety for Alaskan communities. Her efforts to champion Alaska Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding were critical through the COVID-19 pandemic, CIRI said.
“CIRI has been a strong advocate for the health, wellbeing, and future of their Shareholders and Descendants. Together, we have worked to advance legislation to address housing, education, and public safety in the Cook Inlet region,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “I am honored to receive CIRI’s endorsement and am grateful for the support of a corporation that values collaboration and strength in unity.”
Senator Murkowski is ranked the #1 most effective Republican Senator on Native American and energy issues, according to the Center for Effective Lawmaking.
On June 8, 1972, CIRI was incorporated as one of 12 land-based Alaska Native regional corporations, with 6,276 original enrollees. Today, CIRI’s more than 9,000 Shareholders and their Descendants represent a cross-section of virtually every Alaska Native group from throughout the state.