Ivan Encelewski

last updated 12/5/2016

Ivan Z. Encelewski

Executive Director at Ninilchik Traditional Council

15765 KINGSLEY RD, Ninilchik, Alaska, United States
HQ Phone:
(907) 567-3370

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Board Member - The Alaska Native Health Board Inc

Board Member - Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc

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Board of Directors | Alaska Native Justice Center

Ivan Encelewski
Executive Director Ninilchik Traditional Council (NTC) Ivan serves as the Executive Director for the Ninilchik Traditional Council and oversees the executive branch of all NTC departments and services. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in the NTC organization including 6 years in the Tribal Services department before first becoming Executive Director in 2001. Mr. Encelewski was born in Soldotna, Alaska and is a father of three. While growing up in Ninilchik, he attended Ninilchik School where he graduated as valedictorian in 1995. He has also studied at the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern Arizona University and business administration and law and Alaska Native studies at Kenai and human resources. Additionally to seasonally being a local commercial fisherman throughout his life he has been employed by production companies Peak Oilfield Service and Halliburton. Being experienced in Alaska Native governance Ivan is a current board member as the Ninilchik representative to the regional non-profit, Cook Inlet Tribal Council. He has also previously been on the NTC Board of Directors, and has served on the Alaska Federation of Natives Board, the Alaska Native Health Board, the Cook Inlet Treaty Tribes, and the Alaska Native Tribal Judicial Council.

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Board of Directors | Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Ivan Encelewski, (Board Chair) Ninilchik Traditional Council

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Ninilchik - CIRI

When CIRI shareholder Greg Encelewski was a boy, his son, Ivan, also a CIRI shareholder, says, "The rivers were full; you could practically walk across the water on the backs of King salmon.
As the executive director of Ninilchik Traditional Council (NTC), CIRI shareholder Ivan Encelewski has a lot on his plate. But fighting for subsistence rights for the people of Ninilchik has been one of his main concerns. - Ivan Encelewski While NTC offers services that range from housing, health, social services and education-not to mention being one of the area's largest employers-NNAI is involved with several business ventures, including a general store, an energy company and gravel sales. The corporation has about 350 shareholders now, and Greg's focus is on bringing those shareholders together, generating dividends and creating jobs that will keep people in the community. "We've accomplished a lot by providing services, and when I say 'we,' it's the whole Tribe in partnership with the community, and it's been a lot of effort," Ivan says. But a key to retaining a sense of heritage, Ivan says, is maintaining the subsistence way of life-and that's one battle that he and his father are still waging. "As important resources dwindle, that sense of community and that cultural aspect will wane," he explains. "And that's concerning because I think that's a lot of what brings people back, too-those things they're attached to, the beauty and the resources and the subsistence here." Recent years have seen clam digging close on beaches near the village because of low numbers of razor and other clams. Locals have fought for subsistence fishing rights and for the right to set a net in the Kenai River. "It's been a long and arduous battle," Ivan says. "I think that's what's been most beneficial for the whole community," says Ivan.

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