Red Dog NBA Program
(Pictured above, from left: Christian Schuerch, Timothy Cleveland, Nathan Hadley III, Linus Ballot, Laura Smith, Colton Jessup, Robin Commack, Tinmiaq Hailstone and Brianna Kirk.)
Basketball is big in northwest Alaska, home of Teck’s, largely because it’s inexpensive, the teams are small, and it’s played indoors. In an area that experiences five months of darkness and freezing temperatures, the benefits of playing indoors are clear.
A Traditional Way of Life
More than 85% of northwest Alaska residents are Iñupiat, descendants of the first people who settled in the region more than 10,000 years ago. For centuries, hunting and fishing have been an important part of daily life for the Iñupiat, and these traditions continue to play a strong cultural and social role in their identity and values. Children growing up in the region today still follow a traditional way of life, and many have never traveled outside their village or region, let alone Alaska.
Red Dog – A Key Contributor to Northwest Alaska's Economy and Community