Alaska Native corporation mandates employees get COVID shot by Aug. 1


    Employees of the Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC), including those who work for its many subsidiary companies across Alaska, must submit to a COVID vaccination by Aug. 1. Those who refuse will be place on unpaid leave while their employment status is reviewed by the corporation’s human resources department.

    The decision to impose mandatory vaccines on employees was made last month by the corporation’s board of directors, a move which President and CEO Gail Schubert lauded.

    “COVID-19 vaccination is a necessary step toward ending the pandemic,” she stated in a March 18 letter to shareholders. “Therefore, the BSNC Board of Directors took the strong step of mandating that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 once the vaccine is available. I applaud the BSNC Board of Directors for making this ground-breaking decision.”

    The BSNC oversees employees in 22 subsidiary businesses around the state. This includes Alaska Industrial Hardware (AIH), Paragon Professional Services, Eagle Eye Electric and many others.

    According to a March 18 letter to employees of AIH, the BSNC policy mandates that all employees “obtain and complete their COVID vaccine(s) unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.” Effective immediately, employees are “required to provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved accommodation in place,” the notice adds.

    Headquartered in Nome, the BSNC represents the interests of nearly 8,000 Alaska Natives in the Bering Strait region which encompasses the majority of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and the costal lands of eastern Norton Sound. The corporation owns and manages nearly 2 million acres of subsurface land. Its regional operations include real estate management, development, tourism, construction, mining services and sales of rock and aggregate. It also has an office in Anchorage, which oversees government contract work and small business programs. Anchorage operations also include construction, support services and shareholder services.


    • Click here to see who serves on the Bering Straits Native Corporation Board of Directors.
    • Click here to contact the Bering Straits Native Corporation. (Editor’s note: We’ve received reports that emails to BSNC are bouncing, so it may be best to also leave a voice message.)

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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        • don’t they just have an emergency use authorization and not a full approval and if that is the case I don’t think they can be made mandatory legally until they receive full approval

          • If I am not mistaken, a vaccination (shot) is considered a type of medical procedure. If that is correct, that information is protected by HIPPA, and citizens can’t be forced to divulge any information, or records in that regard.. I could be mistaken, but I don’t think so.

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        • Stay on topic. They are not 100% FDA approved. The are approved for emergency conditions, that is all. Because they are still in the experimental stage, if you die from vaccination; your insurance company will pay your next of kin zero.
          As to the native corp demanding this- hope you have really good lawyers, because you’re going to get your asses sued into oblivion over health and religious grounds.

        • “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 16 years of age and older. The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of the medical product under Section 564(b)(1) of the FD&C Act unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner.”

        • Let’s make it simple.. Look up the HIPAA law/rules as set forth under the C.D.C. … They can not mandate and medical procedure(s), nor can they demand the records to prove, or disprove any procedures that a citizen has had, or may have. As for the U.S. constitution, that falls under the 4th. amendment. That has been adjudicated numerous times. The only exceptions are found under certain federal government positions, and the military codes whereas you forfeit that protection upon enlisting, but the military is bound to secure that information within the bounds of government records.

      • There are other reviews and jurisdictions still to come including review of contractual relationships among authorized and ultra vires actions of groups offshore and American agents. Facts may be clarified with different conclusions than are popularly relied upon and marketed.

    1. They legally can’t mandate shit, let them fire you and when they do you will own that corporation!!! The answer is in the Nuremberg papers RE-RATIFIED IN 2009 in the US !!! Universal treaty !!!
      Get educated before you alter your DNA.

      • This is new information! How, exactly, does the vaccine alter your DNA? I’m curious to learn from someone as educated as yourself.

        • It doesn’t. The confusion lies with one component, mRNA, which acts as a messenger carrying info from DNA but it does not alter. Still there is some concern and unknowns about mRNA and much research being done. Bottom line though it won’t alter our DNA. The Covid vaccine is a legal ‘vaccine’. Still, I prefer it not be ‘mandated’. We do however already have full vaccine ‘mandates’ in our public school system as well as many colleges and universities, also military. Certainly there are ways to opt out but requiring vaccines is nothing new.

          • Your wrong!!! Its not a vaccine its under emergency trial and your the tesr subject. Uts not a vacccine its acutally called gene therapy. Do your research FDA has not approved as a vaccine.

    2. Get together and file a class action law suite in state Supreme Court . If you have trouble contact me walk you right through the process to win!

      • Unfortunately, they will probably go right along with it. That is how people are now; still thinking that they are incapable of making their own decisions and believing that government at various levels has their best interest at heart.

    3. I wrote the following to the CEO and Board of Directors:,
      As a customer of AIH and more importantly as a American/Alaskan that enjoys our freedoms, so long as this infringement of your employee’s rights continues, I will boycott any and all AIH stores. Since I had no idea that BSNC controlled AIH, I am sure that there are more companies and as I hear about more BSNC companies that is violating employees civil liberties, I will boycott them as well.

      To be clear, my wife and I have been vaccinated against the China Virus, that was our individual reasons. We did not wear masks except for the first 2 weeks of the pandemic and since we are now immune, sure as hell will not wear masks! Your letter threatens our fellow Alaskans with job loss for making individual decisions that you, the CEO and Board of Directors have no control over, period! To even “ask” is a violation of HIPPA Law.

      We are rapidly approaching herd immunity what with last number of over 177,800 full vaccinated, which is approximately 32% of all Alaskans, 16 years old and above. Total doses administered is now over 434,000 or 79% of 16 and above! How many are your employees? Who knows but you have no right to know.

      The science is easy, the more herd immunity, the less the chance of anyone not vaccinated or previously had the virus, will have less chance of getting the virus, much less spreading!

      In closing, you have the right to make store policy. Depending on that policy is dependent on your getting customers to shop in your stores. I can assure you, this policy will result in Alaskans supporting your Alaskan employees to exercise their God Given Rights over your fear or your liberal views in supporting the likes of Biden, Fauci, Harris, etc.

      I look forward to hearing your rescinding this policy!

      • I just got this from the BSNC Board of Directors: “Your message to couldn’t be delivered.
        The group boardofdirectors only accepts messages from people in its organization or on its allowed senders list, and your email address isn’t on the list.
        mcoons Office 365 boardofdirectors
        Sender Action Required
        Sender not allowed

        • Michael,
          Yeah, their website indicates that the email address is the ONLY way to contact the Board of Directors, and then they won’t accept contact from anyone who is not in their whitelist. It’s pretty disingenuous to say the least. We will be updating the story soon.

      • Actually the shot doesn’t make you immune. It lessens your chance of having severe symptoms, but you can still catch and spread the Chinese Virus to others.

    4. So, they have MDs and practice medicine in this state through their assorted subsidiaries? WOW. They don’t think much of the US Constitution. Marxism on display.

    5. God didn’t need to give us will. We have Gail Anagick’s Schbert’s superwill to rely upon and use. Yank those business licenses!

    6. Nuremberg papers re-ratified in 2008 in the US prohibits anyone mandating vaccine or mask without your consent. Where are their licenses to practice medicine. Why do you think Dunleavey didn’t mandate anything when he gets others to do it for him? Think about it when the others fall he will be clear just like The Mulatto Obama. Hitler protocol tell a lie big enough often enough and the idiots will believe it!!!

      • Nobody is being required to get a vaccine. I am sure there are plenty of employers in the valley who will be thrilled to hire unvaccinated and newly unemployed workers.

        • “Nobody is being required to get a vaccine” while your employer stripped you of your ability to make a living for not participating as a guinea pig. What if this was the only company you’ve worked for and now you have to look for a new job and maybe get paid less all because you believe in “my body, my choice”. I can’t wait for the day employers tells their employees they can’t get an abortion if they work for said company. Wonder what those folks would say. Private businesses get to make their rules but eventually if every business follow suit then those who choose not to participate would be in real trouble.

    7. P.S. this is a corporation they are not protected and can be held financially liable for civil liberties violations why do you think I am telling you this, time to stop the madness!



    9. I wonder about intent. A few years ago I read in ADN a story about a cadaver ostensibly an Alaska native victim of 1918 flu that was dug up and tissue samples removed for “study”. Now there is this similar illness particularly hard on Alaskan natives. My trust level is not very high on this. Similarly I trust nobody who wants gene theoretic studies in a vaccine-like form. To “mandate” this I feel is unfortunate and unwise.

    10. Regardless of which side of the “vaccine” debate you stand on, the mandate of forcing your own employees to choose between their jobs(and being able to provide for their families) and receiving an experimental medical intervention is horrendous!

    11. Wow, my message to the employees:, don’t be coerced into taking an experimental serum, it is extremely unsafe as we do not know the long term results, you have rights especially where a violation of civil liberties are involved. Not only is this mandate unconstitutional, it is wrong on so many levels. Do not be forced.

    12. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. founded the Children’s Health Fund as an advocacy group to protect children from unsafe vaccines and our predatory “profits over safety” pharmaceutical industry in this country! He has stated that requiring anyone to take an experimental vaccine that has only been given “emergency use authorization” by the FDA, is a violation of federal law: 21 U.S.C. 360bbb-3(E)(1) (A)(ii)(III).

      • Checked it out. The way I read subsection iii is that we have the right to refuse or accept taking an unapproved product and to be informed of the consequences of not doing so. I think one could make the argument that consequences could include not being able to function in society without a passport, and I am pretty sure that this would be the government’s line.

        • Why are you sure of this? Government of the people, by the people and for the people. The government has taken an oath to defend and protect the US Constitutional Bill of Rights. Government is the public servant not the public’s monarch or ruler. The Government was not expressly given authority in any of the US Constitutions to mandate a practice of medicine upon the sovereign the people. If you have a room full of idiots in a palace in Juneau they cannot beget new authority to give each other new rights none of them have in his person. It will be unlawful and unconstitutional. Even if stupidly unanimous and worthy of the gallows.

    13. Soooooo wrong I run my own life.
      Try to fire anyone. See what happens to you and your company.
      Do you know it like the flu it’s going to mutate ever year. Just like the flu it changes each year. Stop telling us how to live. So everyone should get a flu shot too right
      Ok what’s next no more eating meat only vegetables.
      Get a life, you hired people who you through would help your company. Did you hire them because you can tell them how to live NO. You hired them because there a good employee. NO, there a bad employee because they won’t get a shot.
      I don’t think your good employee’s are going to do a better job just because they got a shot. There going to be mad or quitting your company. Then see how many new employees you can hire, who have to have the shot. Not many except the sheep followers.

    14. For those employees who this effects. Get a Lawyer who is familiar with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and its Amendments. It is illegal to mandate an experimental vaccine, and when they offer it to you they must provide you with all known information about the medication. Also the Nuremburg trials set the precedence that not giving full Information and getting FULL CONSENT in medical experiments is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

    15. They also prohibit employees from coming to work intoxicated and carrying loaded assault weapons while working… where is the outrage over that?

    16. NO medication can be mandated until it receives full approval of the FDA. This whatever it is, was able to be gotten to the public as quickly as it has in part because of the Emergency Authorization law. Until it is fully FDA approved it cannot be mandated. That’s on the federal level. I honestly don’t know if a Native corporation has any authority beyond that or not. No matter; it’s contrary to the spirit of the constitution if no the letter. So sorry to see this happening in Alaska. It’s about the last place I would have expected something like this. No doubt we can expect to see mandatory Covid passports before long. I have mixed feelings about boycotting AIH (one of my favorite stores) as it may hurt the employees more than the Corporation.

    17. The supposed covid pandemic has been used by corporations to exert tyrannical powers that are blatant assaults upon our constitutional and civil rights. This is a power grab, taking rights away from people, it is not about combating a virus. People need to stand up for rights. We need class-action lawsuits. We must hope that our legal system is not too corrupt and infiltrated to abide by the constitution.

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