Video Collection Regarding Sealaska’s Final Land Entitlement Under ANCSA
Thank you for visiting our website and wanting to learn more about Sealaska’s final land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
In the following videos you will learn about Sealaska’s outreach across Southeast Alaska and the importance of recognizing Southeast Alaska as a Native Place.
Southeast Alaska Has Been Heard Sealaska has traveled to numerous communities throughout the region and discussed the final land entitlement under ANCSA. The interaction also provided feedback on the legislation and as a result Sealaska has amended the bill to reflect concerns brought forward. Sealaska believes we can find a healthy balance for the region and the Tongass.
Recognizing the Tongass as a Native Place Sealaska Director Byron Mallott recently discussed the importance of recognizing Southeast Alaska as a Native place. His presentation at a Tongass Futures Roundtable work session, “The Unique Role Alaska Natives Play in the Tongass,” provides insight to an important topic facing tribal leaders today.
Video provided by True North Video Productions, LLC, owned and operated by Sealaska tribal member shareholder, Brad Fluetsch.
The presentation by Director Mallott should help people better understand the connection Southeast Natives have to the land. For thousands of years, Southeast Natives have lived off the land and continue to live from the land.
Recently Prince of Wales (POW) residents spoke about the economy on POW and the need for jobs. The testimony was part of town meetings on Sealaska’s land bill requested by Senator Murkowski and attended by staff from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Sealaska has selected sections from the testimony, which can be viewed below.
“When can Natives have something that is good enough? When can Natives have prime land?” Sarah Dybdahl
“I speak in favor of Senate Bill 881 because there was bargain made with the United States Government. And that bargain was Sealaska, us, shareholders, not just Sealaska, but all the natives of the state of Alaska gave up aboriginal rights.” Mary Guthrie
“It was said that we shouldn't be having any doings with the North End (POW), because we don't live there, or we haven't lived there. And, so I had to come tonight.” John Rowan
“If we don’t get jobs on this island, you’re going to see your stores, you’re going to see your banks, you’re going to see your schools go down.” Jimmie Williams
“I support this Sealaska lands bill because of the jobs it will maintain and create.” Travis Johnson
“I agree with everybody, our economy is not what it used to be. It’s not going to get any better.” Sandy Demmert
“Our economically support, Prince of Wales Island, who suffered the highest rate of unemployment just a couple of months ago. And I understand throughout the downturn in our economy. I thank Sealaska for looking for ways to help with our economy.” Donna Jackson
To protect our connection to the land, Sealaska encourages tribal member shareholders to support the Corporation’s final land entitlement promised under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Congress approved ANCSA in 1971.
Under ANCSA, Sealaska Corporation was intended to receive up to 370,000 acres of traditional lands. To date only 290,000 acres have been conveyed. The final land entitlement owed to Sealaska is before Congress in the form of S.881 and H.R. 2099.
Sealaska needs tribal member shareholders to relay their support to the Alaska Congressional delegation. Click the button below to Take Action!