They are among the country's poorest corporate share holders. Some live in houses without he basic necessities. Each of the 75,000 shareholders were given a stake in the Sitnasuak Native Corp. as a birthright, when Congress established more than 200 Alaska native corporations, or ANCs, 40 years ago to provide land and money for indigenous people who had long been deprived and dislocated. The corporations have received exemptions that have enabled them to receive $29 billion in federal contracts in the past decade. Native shareholders have gotten relatively little. In many cases, the bulk of the money and jobs has gone to nonnative executives, managers, employees and traditional federal contractors in the lower 48 states, a Washington Post examination has found.
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