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Posted: April 20, 2020

Calista Corporation​ staff worked until 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, helping YK Tribes and Village Corporations with their submissions necessary to be considered for participation in the CARES Act’s Tribal Relief Fund. With their approval, Calista submitted information on behalf of 13 Tribes and Village Corporations. The Calista Land Department also assisted over a dozen more by providing land base information.

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Calista Cooperating with Department of Treasury to Provide Data and Assisting YK Tribes to Ensure None Left Out

If Provided Funding, Calista Will Consult with YK Delta Tribes on How to Distribute to Region

April 17, 2020

(Anchorage, Alaska) – The current novel coronavirus pandemic is deeply impacting individuals, communities, non-profits, Tribes and for-profits alike. One of the measures Congress made was passing the CARES Act in late March, which was also signed into law. This package includes an $8 billion set aside for a Tribal Relief Fund.

The U.S. Department of Treasury is requesting data from Tribal governments, including Alaska Native corporations, to assist in making a determination as to the distribution of the Tribal Relief Fund. Calista Corporation has provided its data. Calista is also actively assisting YK Delta Tribes and village corporations with their submissions upon request. The Treasury web portal and additional information is located on

The U.S. Treasury Department will make the final determination on which entities will receive funding, and how much each entity will receive. Should Calista be allocated Tribal Relief Funding, we will redirect COVID relief support to YK Delta communities and/or directly to Shareholders in accordance with any directives or conditions the U.S. Treasury attaches to such funding.

“We will hold consultations with YK Delta Tribes to determine how best to use any Tribal Relief Funding provided to Calista,” said Calista Corp. President/CEO Andrew Guy. “Additionally, Calista will seek to absorb managements costs so that as many dollars as possible reach the YK Delta communities. Calista’s sole focus in participating in the Tribal Relief Program is to benefit YK Delta people and communities and not Calista’s corporate finances.”

The U.S. Treasury and federal agencies have been clear that any and all Tribal Relief Funding may be audited to confirm compliance with the CARES Act.

If the U.S. Treasury provides Tribal Relief Funding to Calista, we will host consultation conference calls with YK Delta Tribes. Details will be announced later, pending federal determinations.


Calista Corporation has over 32,000 Shareholders and is the parent company of more than 30 subsidiaries in the following industries: military defense contracting, construction, real estate, environmental and natural resource development, marine transportation, oil field services and heavy equipment sales, service and rentals. Since 1994, Calista has provided more than $4.8 million in scholarships to its Shareholders and Descendants. Since inception, Calista has declared more than $67.7 million in dividends and distributions, and $6.5 million in Elders’ Benefit Program distributions to Shareholders. Calista can be found on Facebookand Twitter.

From BIA Alaska: (as of 5:13pm EASTERN, April 17)

Treasury has received submissions from 203 out of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes.  Below is the list of tribes that are not yet accounted for:


  • Akiachak Native Community
  • Native Village of Eek
  • Native Village of Napakiak
  • Native Village of Nightmute
  • Tuluksak Native Community
  • Umkumiut Native Village (previously listed as Umkumiute Native Village)
  • Village of Red Devil
  • Village of Sleetmute
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