WHPacific is wholly owned by NANA Development Corporation, the business arm of NANA Regional Corporation, established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Acts (ANCSA) of 1971. NANA is a private for-profit corporation representing the interests of more than 13,500 Inupiat shareholders who are descendants of the first people to populate northwest Alaska over 10,000 years ago.

Our Alaska Native ownership has many benefits for our clients.

As the largest engineering firm wholly owned by an Alaska Native corporation, WHPacific is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE) through the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).  Our MBE status allows our clients to meet corporate diversity commitments.

Additionally, our ownership status allows federal prime contractors (under FAR Section 19.703) to count subcontracts to WHPacific as Small Business (SB) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) under their subcontracting plans. Ultimately, prime contractors get a well-qualified subcontractor and SB/SDB credit at the same time.

Overall, our minority ownership provides our clients with robust solutions from a strategic teaming partner and the attributes required to meet federal agency and corporate diversity requirements.

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, known as ANCSA, has been called an extraordinary experiment in relations between the federal government and the indigenous peoples of Alaska. It is the culmination of years of work by Alaska Native people to ensure the future economic stability of their people. Read More…

Culturally Relevant Design

One of WHPacific’s strengths is our ability to provide culturally significant and relevant designs to any client, emphasizing a personal involvement in all phases of the planning and design process. Tribal organizations in Alaska and the western United States particularly benefit from our insight and respect for each region’s and people’s unique story. Learn more about our services to tribal organizations.

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