The Sealaska board of directors announced its endorsement of Senator Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate and Congressman Don Young for U.S. House of Representatives. Sealaska identifies candidates who are best qualified to contribute to issues important to Alaska Natives, thriving communities in Southeast Alaska and to the success of all Alaskans.
Sealaska and the board support U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski in her re-election. She has worked tirelessly to advocate and advance policy impacting Alaska Natives and rural Alaska. She chairs the Senate Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, which appropriate funds for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service. She is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, on which she has served for the past 13 years. She is chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which has jurisdiction over Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act issues and has prioritized energy needs in Native communities. She has proven she is a champion among us and was adopted into the Tlingit, Raven Deisheetaan Clan who gave her the Tlingit name, Aanshawátk’i (Lady of the Land).
Sealaska directors also support Congressman Don Young in his re-election bid as a result of his strong history of support for Alaskan Native issues. Most recently, Young introduced H.R. 2387, Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. The bill would further amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to address obstacles in the original Alaska Native Veterans Allotment provisions to allow for equitable allotment of land for Alaska Native Vietnam veterans.
Sealaska encourages shareholders to participate in the November 8, 2016, general election. According to www.aknativevote.com, the Alaska Native vote could be more powerful than the Republican vote (24 percent), the Democratic vote (16 percent) or the nonpartisan vote (14 percent). If all Native people in Alaska voted, it would represent 25 percent of the electoral vote. The deadline to register or update your voter registration in Alaska is Sunday, October 9, 2016. Please visit State Divison of Elections for additional information on voter registration.