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St. Mary's Native Corporation

A Rich Cultural Heritage

Situated on the north bank of the Andreafsky River, just half a mile from its union with the Yukon River, lies the Native village of St. Mary's. Located approximately 450 miles west-northwest of Anchorage, this vibrant community is home to the Algaaciq and Andreafsky Yupik tribal communities. Originally, St. Mary's incorporated as a city in 1967, while Andreafsky initially chose to maintain tribal jurisdiction. However, in 1980, these communities were unified under the governance of the City of St. Mary's.

The Corporation

SMNC traces its origins to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), passed on December 18, 1971. Established as a for-profit entity, SMNC initially comprised 297 original shareholders, each holding 100 shares. Recognizing the need to include descendants born after ANCSA, the SMNC Board of Directors introduced a new class of stock in 1986. This initiative led to the creation of Yunerrait Corporation, a non-profit organization endowed with three voting shares.

Our Diverse Shareholder Base

Reflecting the broader community of St. Mary's, SMNC boasts a diverse shareholder base. Roughly one-third of our shareholders reside in St. Mary's, another third in Anchorage, and the remaining third elsewhere. In a strategic move to expand and diversify our family of companies, SMNC inaugurated a new office in Anchorage in 2012. This strategic placement positions us in the heart of Alaska's bustling business center, facilitating growth and fostering new opportunities.

SMNC Solutions

Since opening our doors in 2016, we have been committed to our clients’ unique project needs and achieving their highest satisfaction with our work. As a leader in the industry, we use a comprehensive approach in order to provide a wide range of services for the projects we’re involved with. Navigating complex federal requirements and collaborating with subcontractors, SMNC Solutions ensures accurate, timely, and efficient completion of projects. Contact us now to turn your vision into reality.

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The mission of the St. Mary's Native Corporation is to benefit our shareholders, protect our lands and maximize our profitability, while honoring our Yup'ik traditions and values


A corporation strengthened and guided by our Yup'ik traditions and values where our people thrive and prosper


  • Our core values include a commitment to:​Promoting and preserving our lands, traditions, cultural values, and customs;

  • Communicating and acting with integrity, ethics, dedication, and respect;

  • Serving and benefiting our Elders, shareholders, and descendants;

  • Operating in a fiscally responsible and prudently safe manner to ensure a healthy and viable corporation;

  • Providing exceptional service to our customers and the public;

  • Ensuring growth and profitability through our actions and business ventures; and

  • Working together to achieve our vision, mission, and goals.

Alexandro Cetina, MBA

General Manager

Alexandro Cetina (Alex) is the General Manager for two subsidiaries of St. Mary’s Native Corporation, SMNC Properties and SMNC Solutions (formerly known as IMAQ Technology) and a joint venture company Pacific Federal Contractors (PFC).

Mr. Cetina was born and raised in Yucatan, Mexico, and spent over 12 years as a service member in the U.S Army, during his service he was deployed multiple times overseas and held leadership positions in the military for over ten years. In previous years Mr. Cetina has held positions a Construction Project Manager for 7 years before joining the St. Mary’s team as a Project Manager and eventually being promoted to the General Manager.

Mr. Cetina graduated the Army’s Basic leader course, and advanced leader course. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Business in Business Administration from Alaska Pacific University. Mr. Cetina has served on the VA’s Veterans Healthcare Board and the Tudor Center Trust Board for Southcentral Foundation and ANTHC.

Mr. Cetina is married with four children and enjoys fishing, hunting and all aspects of the Alaska outdoors activities.

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