NAVAR has a 24-year history and is a proud subsidiary of the Cape Fox Corporation—an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)

NAVAR has a 24-year history and is a proud subsidiary of the Cape Fox Corporation—an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) located in Anchorage, Alaska. NAVAR is a Small Business Association certified 8(a) small disadvantaged business.

We offer communication, construction, facility and logistics management and executive administrative support services as a contractor or subcontractor. We believe whole heartily that Your mission is our Job! We create value that exceeds overall project requirements and goals. We believe this is obtained by first adopting the clients’ objectives and vision, and then delivering superior products, services and solutions.

NAVAR: We deliver innovative services and solutions for federal and commercial clients—Your mission is our job.

  • We pursue opportunities to exceed our customer’s expectations for quality, responsiveness and professionalism
  • Our team has extraordinary skills in construction, strategic solutions and base operating support
  • We are dedicated and maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior and professional integrity
  • Our efforts better the lives of our Native Alaskan shareholders
Cape Fox Corporation Board of DirectorsCape Fox Corporation (CFC) is the village corporation for the Alaska Natives of Saxman, Alaska, formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. CFC began with 198 original shareholders and initially received just over 23,400 acres of land for extinguishing their aboriginal rights to the land. Like many Alaska Native Corporations (ANC’s), CFC’s initial revenue came from harvesting natural resources.

For CFC, that natural resource was timber harvesting that was done for approximately 10 years. The corporation also invested in building a 200 room, high end hotel called Cape Fox Lodge, complete with a 4-star restaurant, with the finest amenities in the area. In 1993, all the timber was harvested and reforestation was underway.

In 1986, the Cape Fox Retail Corporation was formed to tap into the tourist trade in South East Alaska. After timber revenue declined, CFC utilized Cape Fox Retail Corporation to provide curio items and trinkets to out of state visitors. This market was reached by establishing Cape Fox Tours to run the “Native Village of Saxman Community Tour” that centers on the world-renowned totem pole park that contains several totems from the original village of Cape Fox. This unique setting allows tourists to step into the Native Village and view how the natives of the area originally lived. Tourists are able to witness first hand totem carving, tool making and food harvesting, preparation and preservation techniques as well as other cultural events such as traditional dancing, potlatch celebrations and guided fishing trips.

The Lodge and the Tour companies allow CFC to employ 70-100 shareholders during five months of the year. However, the cruise companies began cutting the number of vessels coming to Alaska and CFC began to think beyond the tourist market to earn revenue. In 2006, Cape Fox Retail Corporation changed its name to NAVAR, Inc, Native American Value Added Reseller.

In 2006, Cape Fox Corporation had two other subsidiaries in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program working in computer systems design and construction. The CFC board of directors wanted to refocus NAVAR as a Small Business that could market products and services to federal, state and local governments and contractors serving those markets and obtain SBA 8(a) certification. A branch office of NAVAR was opened up in North Carolina due to the shifting of business models within CFC – a property management model for the retail store and a wholesale/reseller model for NAVAR.

NAVAR has established strategic alliances with established manufacturers and distributors so it can market a broad range of products and services for new construction and for the maintenance, repair and operation of existing buildings and facilities. NAVAR supplies the materials, supplies and equipment and our potential teaming partners will provide the project management, supervision and labor for new construction and maintenance of existing buildings and facilities. NAVAR recently added the added communications to the list of services it can provide. NAVAR can provide a full spectrum of communication services to include public affairs, public relations, media support and graphic design.

NAVAR is ready to commit with their potential teaming partners and market their services to agencies for larger projects with the added benefit of being an SBA 8(a) Certified Alaska Native Corporation.

Cape Fox Tribal HistoryThe Tlingit natives of Cape Fox call themselves the Saanya Kwaan, or the “People of the Southeast Wind.” They migrated from Asia across the Bering Land Bridge thousands of years ago and established a permanent village at Cape Fox in the Alexander Archipelago―a small chain of wind stripped islands off the coast of the Alaska Panhandle―53 miles southeast of Ketchikan.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, the Cape Fox Tlingit, along with members of the Tongass Tlingit, left the original Cape Fox village and settled in Saxman in southeast Alaska. The new settlement was named after the Presbyterian missionary, Professor S.A. Saxman, who had been sent to the area to build a school and a church to help Christianize and educate the Tlingit people.

Years later, railroad magnet Edward Harriman decided to take his family and a group of famous scientists on a trip to Alaska―known as the Harriman Alaska Expedition. His reasons for the voyage included: taking an educational family vacation, examining the potential for extending a railroad line across the Bering Strait to Russia, hunting for Kodiak bears and increasing America’s scientific knowledge of this rather unknown territory. To that end, Harriman had a ship outfitted specifically for the voyage, and invited many renowned and promising naturalists, artists, writers and scholars to join him. The voyagers set sail from Seattle in late spring 1899 and traveled as far as the Bering Straits before returning. On the way back, the team decided to visit the original Cape Fox Village that had been abandoned years before. Upon arrival at the village, the expedition found 24 immense totem poles, cultural head gears, masks and various other artifacts. Believing the village to be deserted, the expedition looted the village and later distributed the relics to various museums and universities across the United States. It wasn’t until May 29, 2001, under mandate of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, that the Tlingit Clan finally received nearly all the items taken by the Harriman Expedition.