Matrona Javier receives honorary dividend

Mar 7, 2017

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation celebrated raising $200 million  for its shareholders by giving out an honorary dividend check to one of its elders. 

Matrona Javier receives an honorary dividend in the form of a mock check for $200 million.
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The Bristol Bay Native Corporation celebrated raising $200 million for its 10,000 shareholders by giving out an honorary dividend check to two of it’s oldest shareholders, Matrona Javier in Dillingham and Alice Downey in Seattle. Both are 95-years-old.

BBNA presented Javier with a oversized mock check at a small ceremony in Dillingham’s Bristol Inn. Javier addressed the audience in Yup'ik.

"She's a little bit comical about her false teeth, but she's happy to be here," a translator explained.

Historically, the BBNC has paid 35% of its net earnings to its shareholders since its inception in 1972.

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