Sealaska Shareholder Appointed to North Pacific Research Board
Sealaska is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Mike Miller to the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB). Congress created NPRB to recommend marine research initiatives to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, who makes final funding decisions. Miller was nominated by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to Secretary of Commerce John Bryson.
“I would like to thank Gov. Parnell for nominating me to the full board of NPRB,” said Miller. “At the same time, I’m honored to have been confirmed by Secretary Bryson to represent the Alaska Native community. Incorporating traditional knowledge with Western science is necessary for proper management of Alaska’s resources.”
Miller is a current Sealaska Heritage Institute board member and represents Sealaska on the Alaska Federation of Natives subsistence committee. He currently serves on the Sitka Tribe of Alaska tribal council. Since 1997, Miller has represented tribal, regional and statewide interests on cultural harvest of traditional foods. He serves as chair of the Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals, which is a coalition of tribal marine mammal commissions, councils and other Native organizations that formed for the purpose of identifying and addressing marine mammal issues of common concern.
Sealaska applauds Miller’s commitment to providing an Alaska Native voice to a decision-making board like the NPRB.