Cook Inlet Native corporation supports Dunleavy recall effort

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy during his 2019 State of the State address. (Photo by Greg Knight)

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Cook Inlet Regional Corporation Board of Directors has voted to get behind the recall of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

    On Wednesday, the CIRI Board of Directors stated they have been monitoring the actions of Dunleavy’s administration since he took office just over eight months ago.

    CIRI is owned by more than 8,800 shareholders and are Alaska Native shareholders of Athabascan, Southeast Indian, Inupiat, Yup’ik, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Aleut/Unangax descent.

    "The actions the governor has taken during his tenure have been concerning to members of the board. After meeting with CIRI’s government relations professionals, and following serious deliberation, the Board has determined that action is necessary to protect the health, education and well-being of our shareholders and all Alaskans.

    "To this end, the Board is supporting the effort to recall Gov. Dunleavy. During his time in office, the governor has repeatedly violated Alaska law and the state constitution, and demonstrated his unfitness for office by refusing to appoint a judge within the legal time frame; misusing state funds for political ad campaigns; violating the separation of powers; and incompetently vetoing state funds.

    "These actions are harming all Alaskans and threatening the state’s business environment. In July, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Alaska’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and downgraded the University of Alaska system three notches, making it the second lowest-rated flagship university in the U.S. Both of these actions from a third-party professional organization are concerning to the Board.

    "The decision to support the Recall Dunleavy campaign is one your Board takes seriously. Where it is unusual for CIRI to wade into political waters, a lack of action would go against our company’s mission of promoting the economic well-being of our shareholders. It would be irresponsible to sit idly by while Alaska is plunged into an avoidable fiscal and social crisis."

    The corporation is Southcentral Alaska’s largest private landowner, with approximately 1.3 million acres of subsurface land in Alaska. CIRI’s other land and real estate holdings are located primarily in Texas, Arizona, California and Hawaii.

    The CIRI board's original post can be found here.

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