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Frequently Asked Questions

Dividend / Direct Deposit FAQs

When are Shareholder dividends or Elders' Benefit distributions made?

All Calista Corporation Shareholder dividends and Elders Benefit Program distributions are subject to approval from the Board of Directors. Through March 2017, Calista has declared $47.1 Million in Shareholder dividends and $5 Million in Elders' Benefit Program distributions.

Spring dividends are based on Shareholders' Equity for the prior three years. These dividends are generally distributed in April or May.

Fall dividends come from the Akilista marketable securities portfolio, which saw its first distribution in 2014. This is an investment account created to provide an additional distribution funding source of dividends not reliant on business operations. These dividends are generally distributed in November.

Elders' Benefit Program distributions are for original Shareholders. An Elder is someone 65 years of age or older. These distributions are generally sent out in late December. More than 60 percent of voting Shareholders approved this program through an advisory resolution during the 2007 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Chevak, Alaska.

Please stay tuned to this website, our Facebook page and our free email newsletter for all the latest news and announcements, including Shareholder dividends and Elders' Benefit distributions.


In total dollars, what is the total of dividends?

Calista Shareholder Dividends ($47.1 Million total) and Elders' Benefit Program distributions ($5 Million total) through April 2017. (Click image for larger version.)

Calista Corporation Dividends LTD April 2017


How can I get direct deposit for my dividends or Elders' Benefit Program distributions?

Easy! Complete the Direct Deposit application and mail or fax it back to Calista Corporation.

Remember, the form must be completed, signed and dated in order for it to be accepted.

There are several easy options to get the application:

  • Go to Shareholder Information on this website, complete the entire application, print, sign and date
  • Call Shareholder Records to receive a copy
  • Or check with your local Village Corporation office (Calista Region only) to see if they have copies

My direct deposit account number is too long. What do I do?

Not a problem!

  • Using a computer? You can enter two numbers in each space.
  • Using a printed form? You can put two numbers in each space.

I work for a Village Corporation in the YK. Can I request copies of forms to have on file?

Yes, please do! Contact Shareholder Records by calling them or use the Contact Us page to email your request.

Note: If you need forms quickly, you can download them from our website.

Can I fax in an application or form? Is it secure?

Yes, Calista has a secure fax number for applications and forms: (907) 275-2922.

After faxing the form, please call Shareholder Records to confirm the fax was received: (800) 277-5516 or (907) 275-2800.

Will I start getting direct deposits right away?

There are two things that must happen:

  1. A distribution must be declared by the Board of Directors
  2. Applications must be received at least 60 days before the next distribution date

What happens if my account changes (new account number, new bank/credit union, new name)?

Easy! Complete a new direct deposit application, and in Step #2 (Account Information), choose the "Updated Information" box

How do I cancel direct deposit?

Easy. If for any reason you wish to cancel direct deposit, you must mail or fax a signed, written request at least 60 days prior to the next distribution date.

Can I have my child's dividend deposited into my account?

If depositing another person's dividend into your account, your bank or credit union may reject these deposits if that person's name is not on your account. Please contact your bank or credit union to verify that it will accept the deposit of that person's dividends into your account.

Note: If you are signing this form for someone else, please provide your name and list your relationship to the Shareholder. Only parents, custodians, guardians, and conservators may sign direct deposit applications for persons under their care.

How do I get extra copies of the Direct Deposit application?

Easy. There are several easy options to get the application:

  • Go to Shareholder Information on this website, complete the entire application, print, sign and date
  • Call Shareholder Records to receive a copy
  • Or check with your local Village Corporation office (Calista Region only) to see if they have copies

Why didn't Calista offer direct deposit sooner?

Great question. Calista Corporation now has a new software program that supports direct deposit.

General / Stock-related FAQs

Do I have to execute a will for the village corporation if I already have one for Calista?

Calista Corporation and your village corporation are two different entities. You need to complete a will for each entity.

What regulations control the inheritance of ANCSA Corporation stock?

ANCSA and the Alaska Statutes set out the procedures for determining inheritance of your corporation stock. A will is a legal document that states a person’s wishes concerning the disposal of property such as ANCSA stock. If a will is valid, then the shares are transferred to the inheritors in the amounts specified in the will. If a will was not written or cannot be found, after a period of time it is assumed that the deceased shareholder did not leave one. When a person dies without a will the Alaska Statutes provide guidance on who will inherit from the deceased.

If I want to give some of my inherited shares to my Descendant(s), can I do that?

Yes. In 1987 Congress amended the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to allow Shareholders to be able to gift stock to eligible Descendants. Calista has a gifting policy in place. Eligible recipients are brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Why is it important to keep my address updated?

The Shareholder addresses are used for mailing the Calista “Storyknife” newsletter, for annual meeting election mailings, for mailing of notices relating to various corporation information, and for invitation lists for events concerning Shareholders. In addition, as the corporation continues to progress financially, the addresses will be used to mail dividends to Shareholders.

Calista’s Shareholder Records can be contacted at:

Calista Corporation
Attn: Shareholder Records
5015 Business Park Blvd, Suite 3000
Anchorage, AK 99503
Telephone: 907-275-2800 or Toll-Free in Alaska 1-800-277-5516
Facsimilie (907) 275-2919
Via email here

If I am a Descendant of a Calista Shareholder what corporation benefits can I receive?

A Shareholder Descendant is eligible for hiring preference, to apply for a scholarship through Calista Education and Culture, Inc. and for training/internship opportunities.

I hear people say stockholder and shareholder when referring to membership in Calista. What’s the difference?

There is no difference.

I own 100 shares in Calista. Why is it that some years I have 400 votes and other years I only have 300 votes?

Certain corporations, including Calista, use a process called cumulative voting. With this method your votes are determined by taking the number of shares you own and multiplying it by the number of Board of Director seats being contested by election. Calista has 11 board members and there are 4 directors elected one year, another 4 the next year and 3 directors on the last year. On the years where there are 4 seats up for election you will have 400 votes (100 shares multiplied by 4 seats). On the year where there are 3 seats up for election you will have 300 votes.

Does Calista have a Facebook page or Twitter account?

Yes. We have a business page at Our Twitter feed can be found at

I don't have Facebook. Do you have an email newsletter?

Yes. It is free to sign-up. The sign-up page is found here.


Legal Department FAQs

Can Calista assist Shareholders with legal problems?

No. Calista’s Legal Department advises the Company, the board of directors and its management on legal matters related to operations and governance. However, the following resources may be able to offer some assistance:

Alaska Legal Services:
Anchorage: (907) 272-9431 or 800-478-9431
Bethel: (907) 543-2237 or 800-478-2230

Alaska Native Justice Center:
(907) 793-3550

Lawyer Referral Service:
(907) 272-0352 in Anchorage or toll free at 1-800-770-9999.

What rights does a Shareholder have?

Good question. While there are too many to list here, Calista Corporation encourages all of its Shareholders to be active and engaged at both the Regional and Village Corporation level. Each corporation is a separate, independent corporation. However, your rights as a Shareholder of a corporation in Alaska are the same whether you are a Shareholder of a Regional corporation or of a Village corporation. Click here for more Shareholder rights information. A quick look at the Alaska State laws and regulations that relate to Shareholder rights can be found by clicking here. Otherwise you can find the Alaska Statutes on the internet at the state website or at the Alaska Legal Resources Center website.


HR Department FAQs

How often do jobs become available within Calista Corporation or its subsidiaries?

Note: To view current openings, click "Job Opportunities" at the top-right of the page.

As we continue to grow as a corporation, there will be many job opportunities throughout Calista Corporation and its subsidiaries.

Generally, subsidiaries must first bid and be awarded new projects before we are able to begin recruiting for the positions needed. Many projects we bid have Shareholder preference, however, some contracts, by law, state we cannot have Shareholder preference. It is the intent of management to continue to bid new projects that will enhance Shareholder hire within our corporation. We have a 10 year track record of successfully bidding on projects that bring jobs to the people we serve.

If you are seeking a job with Calista Corporation or any of our subsidiaries, visit the Job Opportunities page to submit your online application for any position you are interested in. If you are a Shareholder or a Descendant and there are not any positions you would like to apply for, you may still be interested in taking the time to apply to our Talent Bank. Once we have your information in the system, we can contact you if any future openings become available that you are qualified for or interested in.

Why haven’t I heard anything back regarding my resume and/or application?

We receive a large number of resumes and applications in the HR Department each week for the job openings at Calista Corporation and our subsidiaries. In addition to those, we frequently receive unsolicited resumes for jobs that aren’t currently available or being recruited for. While we make every effort to maintain contact with all applicants, due to the large volume of job inquiries received this is not always possible. If you are concerned about whether your application or resume was received, please feel free to call the HR department and we will check for you.


HR Department/Talent Bank FAQs

Do I need to fill out a new application if I already have one on file?

If you have completed an application since October 2013, you do not need to fill out a new application if nothing has changed. Our online application system maintains these records, and even allows you to submit the same application to multiple job openings if you so choose. If you have moved, found current employment, or received training/certificates/education since the last time you applied, you should update your application. This makes contacting you easier for us or should we want to get in touch with you about various job opportunities or trainings.

What applications do I need to fill out?

If you are a Shareholder of the Calista Corporation or are a lineal Descendant, we strongly encourage you fill out a Talent Bank application. If you are applying for a specific position with Calista Corporation or one of our subsidiary companies, you will also need to fill out a Calista Corporation application. You only need to fill out the application once; it can be used for any future job opportunities with Calista or our subsidiaries that you may be interested in.

Who do I contact about information on the Talent Bank?

You will need to contact Felicia Wassillie, Human Resource Recruiter at Calista Corporation by phone (907) 275-2800, fax (907) 275-2927, or email at

How often do we search for positions for Talent Bank applicants?

Frequently, the HR department receives job vacancies from Calista, our subsidiaries and outside sources and companies. Once we have posted openings, we check the Talent Bank first to see if there are any qualified Shareholders or Descendants. We then notify Shareholders and Descendants in the Talent Bank interested in or qualified for the position. We also keep a listing of open positions on the bulletin board at our Anchorage headquarters.

Additionally, the Talent Bank is sometimes used to notify Shareholders and Descendants of training or scholarship opportunities, as well as temporary work opportunities that may be of interest to them.

Why haven’t I been hired if I have a Talent Bank application in the system?

The Talent Bank is a program in place to help Shareholders and lineal Descendants locate available work. After the HR department contacts you regarding an opening that might be a good fit for you, it is your responsibility to follow up by submitting an application or contacting the employer if it is not an opportunity with Calista Corporation or any of our subsidiaries.


Don’t see your question here? Click Contact Us below and submit your question.


Address: 5015 Business Park Blvd, Ste 3000, Anchorage, Alaska 99503
Phone: (907)275-2800
FAX: (907)275-2919
Toll Free: (800)277-5516

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