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Doyon Limited to shorten annual shareholder meeting, limit attendance

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Updated 1:56 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020:

Doyon Limited goes virtual for its annual shareholder meeting

Doyon Limited’s annual shareholder meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday (March 20) will be virtual.

The announcement made on the Alaska Native corporation’s Facebook page is part of a continued effort to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

Doyon Limited previously scaled back its agenda to only include the election of directors and the president’s report.

Candidates for the board of directors will not be able to give their candidate speech. And board members will attend remotely. Proxyholders will vote by phone.

Shareholders will be able to participate in the meeting through a webcast requiring a password to access.

Doyon Limited is allowing only 10 people to be physically in the room at a time.

Original story published Friday, March 13, 2020: 

Alaska Native corporation Doyon Limited will take some extra precautions against risk of illness -- ahead of its annual shareholder meeting -- which is scheduled for Friday, March 20th, in Fairbanks.

According to a news release, Doyon’s shortened agenda will only include items required by bylaws – including the election of directors and the president’s report.

The Native corporation will also limit attendance to board candidates, board members, some staff, proxyholders -- and shareholders who need to register to vote.

Doyon asks attendees to check-in before the meeting.

According to a statement in the news release, Doyon says “We are continuing to follow the guidance of public health officials. If there are additional changes, we will notify our shareholders and the public.”

The corporation will postpone its recognition for Shareholders of the Year and a keynote panel until a later date.

Doyon Limited has about 18,000 shareholders and its land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is about 12.5 million acres – making it the largest private landowner in the state.

Originally from the Midwest, Tripp Crouse (Ojibwe, a descendent of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, pronouns: they/them) has 15-plus years in print, web and radio journalism. Tripp first moved to Alaska in 2016 to work with KTOO Public Media in Juneau. And later moved to Anchorage in 2018 to work with KNBA and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.
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