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1) 9/2010 Native American Contractors Association statement; and 2) 8/2009 -Diary Entry: Nunes – Sobocienski meeting

1) 9/2010 Native American Contractors Association statement responding to Washington Post aricles http://nativecontractors.org/member-services/archive/news-archive/wapo-response/nacas-official-dissection

“Last year, Sitnasuak earned after-tax profits of $14.5 million on
revenue of $212 million. But the amount paid to Sitnasuak’s 2,238
shareholders was just $305 apiece, a total of $682,000, according to a
Post analysis of data provided by the corporation.

At the same time, millions ended up at a consulting firm based in the
Bethesda home of H. James Nunes, a nonnative hired to help run the
corporation’s federal contracting operations, with the approval of the
corporation’s native president. Nunes got $6.4 million last year. His
chief financial officer made $1 million. The executive vice president
received $470,000. The chief operating officer was paid $403,000. All
are nonnatives.

Nunes’s attorneys said he earned his money by making the company
profitable. But some shareholders think they should have gotten more.

“I don’t know where it has gone,” said Sitnasuak shareholder Paul
Ongtooguk, an assistant education professor at the University of Alaska
at Anchorage. “But it’s not in our communities.” (NACA COMMENT:

The circumstances that lead to the heart breaking
situation with Sitnasuak Native Corporation (SNC) are not representative
of a systemic issue among ANCs. SNC’s corrective actions helped protect
the future of their shareholders. However, a situation like this
highlights the importance of NACA’s continued advocacy for increased
transparency, oversight, and reporting within the 8(a) program.)

2) 8/2009 -Diary Entry: Nunes – Sobocienski meeting

…I am in DC for a meeting I scheduled with Nunes to discuss concerns about our manufacturing subsidiary(s) he was in charge of.

He and I were scheduled to meet Friday, since I arrived Thursday.

He sent a message after I got to DC to meet him alone at the our office in Georgetown on Sunday.

I had a dinner with a few mentors of mine and mentioned that he wanted me to meet him Sunday instead.

I was told to absolutely not meet him because I would be putting myself in danger. I stated that their concern seemed a bit over-the-top to me.

They responded that with over $200 million annual revenues under his control, that I needed to understand the seriousness of the situation regarding my personal safety being at stake, in part, based on his rescheduling to meet alone on a Sunday with no one around.

I felt my skin perk into goosebumps and the hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention.

Hearing these seasoned DC mentors explaining the depth and seriousness of the situation was scary. I was effectively spooked.

The next morning I got on a plane back to Alaska. it was time to make a game plan.

By Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities.

An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's.

I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child.
I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing.

So for me, my goal is two-fold:

1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and,

2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board.

There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not.

I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.