ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska Native corporation will soon provide support services for the U.S. Navy in Guantanamo Bay, on the island of Cuba.

CoastAlaska News reports that Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corp. won the $18 million contract earlier this month.

The corporation will manage maintenance services, port operations and waterfront administration for the base. The corporation announced a similar, $44 million contract about a week earlier for the U.S. Marine Corps air station in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corp. officials say it employs about 600 people. Most of the jobs are in other parts of the country. But the corporation’s hiring policy includes a preference for tribal members.

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