Marlene Johnson has dedicated her life to fighting for Native people and their rights. She was a member of Sealaska’s first board of directors and has served as chair and vice chair.
In high school, she took a stand against racism by removing signs in stores that read “no dogs or Indians allowed.” She would later lobby for land claims and was directly involved in the formation of Sealaska.
Johnson is Yéil (Raven), T'akdeintaan (Sea Pigeon) Clan. Her Tlingit name is Slath Jaa Klaa Lákooti.
Thank you, Marlene, for your invaluable and enduring commitment to strengthening Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people.
In the video below Johnson discusses why she became involved in Native politics.