Thirteenth Regional Corporation records

Guide to the Thirteenth Regional Corporation records
1971-1997

Collection number: HMC-0390.
Creator: 13th Regional Corporation (Seattle, Wash.)
Title: Thirteenth Regional Corporation records.
Dates: 1971-1997.
Volume of collection: 8.3 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: The records of a egional corporation for Alaska Natives living outside of Alaska.

Organizational history:
The Thirteenth Regional Corporation was the last of the regional corporations formed by Alaska Natives as a result of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Public Law 92-203. The Thirteenth Region encompasses all other places except Alaska, which is location of the other twelve regional corporations. Each Alaska Native not living in Alaska at the time of the ANCSA enrollment, or during the later opt-in/opt-out election, had the option of joining either the most appropriate regional corporation in Alaska or the Thirteenth Regional Corporation. The articles of incorporation were filed in 1975 and the first Board of Directors was elected by the  shareholders in 1976. Early investments of the corporation included a fishing fleet; real estate in Seattle; and land in Cold Bay, Alaska. The corporation created numerous subsidiaries in the course of pursuing business opportunities. The corporation also mounted a major campaign to obtain a land grant in Alaska (which the other twelve regional corporations had received as a part of the ANCSA settlement) and started a non-profit subsidiary, Al-Ind-Esk-A.

Collection description:
The collection consists of records relating to the administration and operation of the Thirteenth Regional Corporation. Included are records relating to the board, the shareholders, the management of the corporation, corporate finances, subsidiaries and business ventures, law cases, corporate land claims, and corporate publications. Among these are articles of  incorporation, minutes, election materials, corporate reports, correspondence, shareholder lists, records of the general manager, legal documents, congressional legislation, corporate newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and videotapes.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and founding records; 1975-1981
Series 2: Board of Directors meeting records; 1973-1991
Series 3: Annual meeting and election records; 1975-1997
Series 4: Reports to shareholders; 1976-1985
Series 5: Correspondence; 1973-1997
Series 6: Reports to the Board of Directors; 1978-1980
Series 7: Shareholder records; 1976-1984
Series 8: General Manager records; 1981-1984
Series 9: Executive Committee and management meeting records; 1976-1987
Series 10: Administrative records; 1972-1987
Series 11: Financial reports for internal use; 1976-1996
Series 12: Budgets; 1981-1988
Series 13: Loan records; 1977-1983
Series 14: Management financial records; 1976-1981
Series 15: Transalaska Fisheries Corp. and Fishing Ventures records; 1977-1986
Series 16: Subsidiary and real estate venture records; 1976-1988
Series 17: Legal case files; 1976-1984
Series 18: Legal subject files; 1971-1976
Series 19: Lobbying and outreach records; 1975-1983
Series 20: Publications; 1976-1997
Series 21: Photographs; undated, 1982
Series 22: Audiovisual materials; 1976-1982

Alternative formats: Microfilm copies of the “Alaska Native Times” newsletter are available through several libraries in Alaska.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: The Fairchild MoviePak film in the audiovisual materials is in a format that is currently inaccessible. The shareholder lists in series save contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information and may require redaction prior to access. Please consult an archivist well in advance of your research visit regarding access to these materials.

Rights note: Collection contents may be subject to copyright not held by the Archives.

Preferred citation: Thirteenth Regional Corporation records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials:
HMC-0384: Billy Blackjack Johnson papers includes materials related to the founding and administration of the Thirteenth Regional Corporation.
HMC-0472: Alaska Federation of Natives, International records are the records of an advocacy organization that was involved in the formation of the Thirteenth Regional Corporation.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Billy Blackjack Johnson in 1992 and 1997.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1997. The guide to the collection was updated to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2018. Duplicates were removed at that time.

Container list:
Series 1: Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and founding records; 1975-1981. 0.2 cubic feet.
This series consists of the corporation’s basic legal documents as well as the corporate logo, minutes of the incorporators meetings, corporate histories, and organizational charts.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Articles of Incorporation 1975
1/2 Bylaws undated, 1975, 1980
1/3 Logo 1980?
1/4 Incorporators meetings–minutes 1975
1/5 Histories of the 13th Regional Corp. 1976-1982
1/6 Accomplishments 1981-1982
1/7 Organizational charts undated, 1981

Series 2: Board of Directors meeting records; 1973-1991. 0.6 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/8 Appointments to the Board of Directors undated, 1982
1/9 Board of Directors, rosters undated, 1982-1983
1/10 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1976
1/11 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1977
1/12 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1978
1/13 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1979
1/14 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1980
1/15 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1981
1/16 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1982
1/17 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1983
1/18 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1984
1/19 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1985
1/20 Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes 1991
1/21 Board of Directors resolutions 1976-1983
1/22 Board meetings (13th Regional Corp. and Subsidiaries), list of agenda items and supporting documentation October 1980-April 1981?

Series 3: Annual meeting and election records; 1975-1997. 0.45 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/23 Election of incorporators: mailings 1975
1/24 Annual meeting and election 1976
1/25 Annual meeting and election: audiocassette recording of informational meeting to meet candidates nominated by the interim board and audiocassette recordings of the Salt Lake City, Utah meeting 1976
1/26, PB1 Annual meeting and election: phonograph record, “Your questions answered by the interim board regarding the 13th Regional Corporation slate”
1/27 Annual meeting and election: 13th Region Election Committee mailings 1976
1/28 Annual meeting and election: 13th Regional Opposition slate mailings 1976
1/29 Annual meeting and election: 13th Regional Opposition slate artwork 1976
1/30 Annual meeting and election: 13th Regional Opposition slate Billy B. Johnson’s notes 1976
1/31 Annual meeting and election: Alaska Federation of Natives International (AFNI), Alaska Native Brotherhood, Calista, and Tlingit and Haida Citizens Association mailings 1976
16 Annual meeting and election: United Concerned Alaska Natives (UCAN) 1976
2/1 Annual meeting and election 1977
2/2 Annual meeting and election 1977
2/3 Annual meeting and election 1978
2/4 Annual meeting and election 1979
2/5 Annual meeting and election 1980
2/6 Annual meeting and election 1981
2/7 Annual meeting and election: Committee to Save the 13th 1981
2/8 Annual meeting and election 1982
2/9 Annual meeting and election: Billy B. Johnson’s notes 1982
2/10 Annual meeting and election 1983
2/11 Annual meeting and election 1985
2/12 Annual meeting and election 1987
2/13 Annual meeting and election 1988
2/14 Annual meeting and election 1989
2/15 Annual meeting and election 1990
2/16 Annual meetings and elections 1992-1997
2/17 Proxy regulations 1976

Series 4: Reports to shareholders; 1976-1985. 0.05 cubic feet.
Some reports are also included in Series 2: Annual meeting and election records.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/18 Informational meeting for shareholders held by interim board, audiocassette recording 1975-1976
2/19 Reports to shareholders 1976-1985

Series 5: Correspondence; 1973-1997. 0.4 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/20 Correspondence 1976-1984
2/21 Alaska Federation of Natives corporate membership 1982
2/22 Mailings to directors 1976-1985
2/23 Mailings to directors regarding board meetings 1976-1985
2/24 Mailings to shareholders 1976-1997
2/25 Mailings to shareholders, fact sheet 1976
2/26 Opt-in mailing 1970s
2/27 Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence regarding 13th Regional 1976-1992
2/28 Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with 13th Regional presidents 1976-1997
2/29 Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with general manager 1981-1982
2/30 Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with Boyden 1980-1982
2/31 Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with U.S. Dept. of Commerce 1984-1985
2/32 Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with Robert Johnson 1976-1983
2/33 Resignations of Raymond Combs, Billy Blackjack Johnson, Robert Perkins, Dennis Small, and Frank Price 1980-1985
2/34 Mailing list Undated
2/35 U.S. Dept. of the Interior, distribution from Alaska Native Fund to Regional Corporations 1975-1981

Series 6: Reports to the Board of Directors; 1978-1980. 0.1 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/36 Native American organizations active in Seattle 1978
2/37 Billy B. Johnson about his trip to Cold Bay and Anchorage (re: Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea and 13th Regional Corp.’s claim to land) 1980
2/38 Accounting, Marketing, Purchasing, and Shareholders departments reports 1980

Series 7: Shareholder records; 1976-1984. 1.4 cubic feet.
This series includes information on the opt-in/opt-out election, lists of the corporation’s shareholders, resumes of shareholders, shareholder comments, and shareholder proxies. The shareholder lists are restricted access due to Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information. Please consult the Archives in advance of your research visit regarding access.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/39 Opt-in training session 1976 August 21-22
2/40 Opt-in/opt-out voting 1976-1977
2/41 Shareholder comments, Eugene area 1980
9-10 Shareholder lists (contains SSNs, access restricted) 1976-1981
2/42 Mailing list update forms, questionnaires 1976
2/43 Shareholder survey 1983
2/44 Shareholder database analysis 1995
2/45 Shareholder proxies 1976-1989

Series 8: General Manager records; 1981-1984. 0.5 cubic feet.
This series includes business plans, activity reports, status sheets for projects, and materials relating to John Bailey’s work as General Manager.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/46 Employment of John Bailey 1981-1984
2/47 Business plans 1981-1983
2/48 Business plan, 13th Regional Corp. and Cold Bay Land Development Corp. 1984
3/1-2 Manager’s weekly activity reports 1981-1982
3/3-6 Status sheets for business and administrative projects 1982
3/7 Business and administrative report 1981
3/8 Nominating Committee meeting presentation, outline 1982

Series 9: Executive Committee and management meeting records; 1976-1987. 0.1 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
3/9 Minutes 1976-1987
3/10 Billy Blackjack Johnson meeting notes 1981-1982
3/11 Agendas 1981

Series 10: Administrative records; 1972-1987. 0.35 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
3/12 Auction of excess equipment and office furniture 1981
3/13 Brochures 1970s
3/14 Calendar 1977
3/15 Christmas card Undated
3/16 Employee records 1976-1981
3/17 Employee benefits 1978-1983
3/18 Staff and assigned responsibilities 1981
3/19 Insurance 1980-1981
3/20 Key ring and ballpoint pen Undated
3/21 Meeting minutes, agendas, and notes 1979-1981
3/22 Newspaper clippings 1972-1987
3/23 Management lists, other regional corporations Undated
3/24 Sax and MacIver investigation 1981-1982
3/25 Shareholder records proposal 1982
3/26 Telephone rosters 1981
3/27 Billy Blackjack Johnson travel record and notes Undated

Series 11: Financial reports for internal use; 1976-1996. 0.55 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
3/28 Cash flow assumptions 1984
3/29 Cash flow projection 1985
3/30 Consolidated balance sheet 1982-1985
3/31 Balance sheet 1988
3/32 Consolidated financial report 1981-1984
3/33-4/1 Audited financial statements 1976-1996
4/2 Financial statement 1976
4/3 Financial report, unaudited, 13th Regional Corp. Election Committee 1976
4/4-8 Financial statements 1978-1982
4/9 Reports 1976-1983

Series 12: Budgets; 1981-1988. 0.1 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/10 Summarized overhead budget 1981
4/11 Operating budget 1983
4/12 Budget data 1988

Series 13: Loan records; 1977-1983. 0.3 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/13 Loans 1977-1981
4/14 Alaska Bank of the North 1983
4/15 Capretto and Clark, Inc. 1977, 1980
4/16-18 First National Bank of St. Paul 1979-1982
4/19 Michael Johnson 1977
4/20 Label and Roblee 1979-1980
4/21 Seattle First National Bank 1978-1980

Series 14: Management financial records; 1976-1981. 0.15 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/22 Accounting policies 1980
4/23 Assets available for sale/operations 1981
4/24 Auditors: Ansell Johnson and Co. 1981
4/25 Custodianship agreement, People’s National Bank of Washington Undated
4/26 Interim board finances 1976
4/27 Investment recommendations and proposals 1976-1977
4/28 Rules for presenting investment proposals 1976
4/29 Office furniture payments to Leather Design Interiors 1976-1979

Series 15: Transalaska Fisheries Corp. and Fishing Ventures records; 1977-1986. 0.75 cubic feet.
Includes records related to the fishery subsidiary companies and vessels.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/30 Fishing/Transalaska Fisheries Corp. 1977-1983
4/31 Brochure 1970s
4/32 Daily vessel location and status reports 1979-1982
5/1-10 Al-Ind-Esk-A-Sea, including condition and valuation reports, consultant reports, financial statements, newspaper clippings about fire, joint venture prospects, budget, prospectus, recommissioning program, and brochure 1979-1986
5/11 Alaska Beauty, Inc. 1979-1983
5/12 Alaska Spirit, Inc. 1979-1983
5/13 Alaska Trader Fish Company, Inc. 1979-1981
5/14 Aleutian Beauty 1981
5/15 Arctic Beauty Inc. 1980-10981
5/16 Arctic King joint venture 1979-1981
5/17 Cape Edgecumbe Inc. 1979-1982
5/18 Esk-Ind-Al Corp. 1979-1982
5/19 Gulf Maiden Corp. 1979-1981
5/20 North Sea Fisheries Corp. 1978-1983
5/21 Pacific Trader Fish Company, Inc. 1979-1980
5/22 Newspaper clippings regarding sinking of the Pacific Trader 1980
5/23-24 Charter agreements: master agreement, Alaska Beauty, Alaska Spirit, Alaska Trader, Aleutian Beauty, Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea, Cape Edgecumbe 1981-1982
5/25 Auction of Alaska Beauty and Aleutian Beauty 1983
5/26 Purchase of Our Mother 1977
5/27 Bender Welding and Machine Co., Inc. agreement 1977-1978
5/28 Marine Enterprises Inc./Ocean Marine Services Inc. agreement 1981-1982
5/29 Transalaska, MSI marketing agreement 1980-1981
5/30 Nordstern/Nordsee agreement 1979-1980
5/31 Applied Economics Associates 1979-1980
5/32 Barge towing crab pots to Alaska 1978
5/33 Description of Farm-N-Sea of Alaska Inc in Valdez 1979-1981
5/34 Overview of 13th Regional fishing projects 1978
5/35 Petersburg Processors Inc. report 1977
5/36 Proposal for marketing demonstration project for Opilio Tananer crab, submitted to Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation 1980, 1982
5/37 Schedule of fisheries expense 1979
5/38 Marketing and joint-venture trip to Germany 1979

Series 16: Subsidiary and real estate venture records; 1976-1988. 0.7 cubic feet.
This series includes materials about a variety of corporate subsidiaries as well as real estate ventures.

Box/Folder Description Dates
5/39 Agreement with Offshore Systems Inc. 1982, 1985
5/40 Alaska House Movers 1977, 1980
5/41 Alaska Native Film Productions Inc. 1980, 1982
5/42 Alaska Native Petroleum Products Inc. meetings 1979-1980
5/43 Alaska Prospector Corp. election of officers 1980
5/44-46 Al-Ind-Esk-A articles of incorporation, bylaws, board meeting minutes, reports, questionnaires, grant application, needs assessment, personnel policy manual, tax exemption application, Oregon branch review 1976-1978, 1984
5/47 Anyeti (yacht) brochure 1981
5/48 Arctic Marine Service Corp. election of officers 1980
5/49 Cinema Associates 1976-1985
6/1 Cold Bay lands appraisal 1979
6/2 Cold Bay proposal for a mode fisheries port development study 1980
6/3 Cold Bay Cold Storage Inc. election of officers 1980
6/4-5 Cold Bay Land Development Corp.: board meeting minutes, bankruptcy mailings, reorganization plan 1980-1988
6/6 Cold Bay Pot Storage Corp. 1980-1981
6/7 James McGee consulting agreement Undated
6/8 Native American Film Productions Inc. articles of incorporation 1978
6/9 Otter Petroleum Corp. election of officers 1980
6/10-15 Real estate: Davenport Apartments, Dexter Building, Lake Union property (Longhouse), Redmond House, Sunnyslope Rd. land, warehouse land 1977-1981
6/16 Regional Building Supply Corp. of Alaska election of officers 1980
6/17 Washington Technical Institute 1976-1981

Series 17: Legal case files; 1976-1984. 0.2 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
6/18 Summary of pending and recent legal matters 1979-1980
6/19 Bills for legal services 1976
6/20 13th Regional Corp. commentary on proposed regulations for establishing than an American Indian group exists as an Indian tribe 1978
6/21 13th Regional and Al-Ind-Esk-A v. U.S. Dept. of the Interior 1979
6/22 Combs, Perkins, Price, Price, and Hartle v. Smith and Leresche 1979
6/23 Alaska Federation of Natives International wage claims, Corinne Leach 1979-1980
6/24 Sinking of Pacific Trader 1980-1982
6/25 State of Alaska v. Gudjonsson, Spence, Kristjansson, Thordarson, Gulf Maiden Corp. 1980
6/26 Interfish Co. v. Glacier Fish Co., Jim Thomas Marketing Associates, 13th Regional Corp., Price, and Thomas 1981
6/27 Ladrillono v. Combs 1981
6/28 13th Regional Corp. v. Mahmood 1981
6/29 Harbor Construction Co. v. 13th Regional Corp. and North Seas Fisheries Corp. 1981
6/30 Alaska Federation of Natives International wage claims cases 1981-1988
6/31 U.S. v. Richard Dougherty 1982
6/32 Alaska Beauty Inc. v. Simpson et. Al. 1982
6/33 Helen Marie Davis V. 13th Regional Corp. 1984
6/34 Gulf Maiden Corp. v. 13th Regional Corp. 1984

Series 18: Legal subject files; 1971-1976. 0.2 cubic feet.
Files regarding the legal establishment of the 13th Regional Corporation.

Box/Folder Description Dates
6/35 Alaska Native Association of Oregon v. Morton 1973
6/36 Alaska Native Association of Oregon, Johnson, Kadas, and Johnson v. Morton, Thompson, and Antioquian 1973
6/37 Alaska Federation of Natives International et. al. v. Morton 1973
6/38 Alaska Native Association of Oregon v. Morton; Alaska Federation of Natives International v. Morton 1974-1976

Series 19: Lobbying and outreach records; 1975-1983. 0.6 cubic feet.
This series documents the activities of Billy Blackjack Johson and others on behalf of the corporation. The records include correspondence, minutes, speeches, Congressional testimony, records of trips to Washington D.C., brochures, proposed legislation, and newspaper clippings.

Box/Folder Description Dates
6/39 Land claims 1977-1981
6/40 Correspondence and drafts 1977-1982
6/41 Correspondence with other Native Corporations 1977-1980
6/42 Billy Blackjack Johnson’s visit to the Metis Association in Yellowknife 1977
6/43 Meetings and notes 1977-1979
6/44 Speeches and testimony 1977-1980
7/1-4 Lobbying records: including records of trips, reports, and audiocassette recording of a presentation to Congress 1975-1979
7/5-6 Legislation drafts and hearing records 1977-1979
7/7 Newspaper clippings 1975-1980
7/8 Alaska Land Rights Committee 1980
7/9 Teno Roncalio 1977-1983

Series 20: Publications; 1976-1997. 0.25 cubic feet.
This series consists of the shareholder newspaper, The Alaska Native Times, which was published by the corporation between 1976 and 1981, and the shareholder and management newsletters which replaced the newspaper when it was determined to be too expensive to produce. These are not complete sets of these publications.

Box/Folder Description Dates
9/2 Alaska Native Times 1976-1981
7/10 Management newsletters 1984-1985
7/11 Shareholder newsletters 1983-1997

Series 21: Photographs; undated, 1982. 0.25 cubic feet.
This series includes photographic prints and 35mm color slides.

Box/Folder Description Dates
7/12 Alaska Sea: crew members and exterior and interior of fishing boat Undated
9/1 Aleutian Beauty and the Prince of Peace fishing boats Undated
7/13 Fire and sinking of the Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea in Everett Harbor 1982
9/1 Antares fishing boat Undated
8/1 Portraits of members of board of directors; Billy B. Johnson, Frank Price, Mike Stepetin, Dennis Small, Virginia Thomas, and Robert Perkins Undated
8/2 Directors and others at party on board ship in Seattle area. People pictured include: Raymond Combs (Senior Vice President), Bob Gill (TV commentator on minority affairs), Sylvia Hartel (Office Supervisor, 13th), David Mahmood, Robert Perkins, Mrs. Perkings, Frank Price (Vice President), Mr. Royer (Mayor of Seattle), Dennis Small (President and Chairman), Mrs. Small, Mike Stepetin (Secretary) and Gwen Stepetin 1970s
8/3 Directors and others. People pictured include: Raymond Combs, Mike Lowry (U.S. Congressman from Washington), Billy B. Johnson, Teno Roncalio (author of the 13th Region land bill), Dennis Small, and Michael Stepetin Undated
9/1 Unknown fishing boat in drydock, Prince of Peace in background Undated

Series 22: Audiovisual materials; 1976-1982. 0.3 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
8/4 13th Corporation. Fairchild Moviepak Seventy 10 Film Loop. (Currently inaccessible due to lack of reference copy) 1976
8/5 “More than bows and arrows” with N. Scott Momady. Distributed by Camera One Productions, copyright held by 13th Regional Corp. VHS videocassette, 60 minutes 1978
8/6 Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea fire and sinking television news coverage, VHS videocassette, 25 minutes 1982
8/7 “Protein from the sea,” produced by 13th Regional Corp., copyright held by Camera One, VHS videocassette, 30 minutes undated

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