"Sealaska stands solidly on the foundation our board members and shareholders have built since 1972. The wisdom of our Elders will guide us as we continue on our successful journey toward the vision of new generations. Our Elders have much to offer, and their knowledge and wisdom is as relevant today as it was a thousand years ago."
Rosita joined the Sealaska Board as an independent candidate in 1987. She is the current vice chair of the Board as well as chair of the Shareholder Relations Committee and Lands Committee. She also serves as a director for Kánaak Corporation, Nypro Kánaak Alabama, Nypro Kánaak Guadalajara, Nypro Kánaak Iowa and Haa Aaní, LLC.
Dr. Rosita Worl is the president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, a member of the Alaska Federation of Natives board, and on the board of the Indigenous Languages Institute. She serves on the Alaska Conservation Foundation Native Writers Award Subcommittee, the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Examination Advisory Panel, the board of trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian, and as the NAGRPA Review committee chair.
Rosita attributes the survival and strength of Southeast Alaska Natives to the resolute claim of ownership of their homeland and maintenance of their traditional culture coupled with their ability to adapt to socio-cultural change. She maintains that the key to vitality as Native people is "ensuring that the knowledge of our ancestors is transferred to future generations as well as incorporating new knowledge and science into our world."
She stakes her claim to a unique place between the past and the future. That position draws on the wisdom of the Elders and the new voices of the younger generation. As an adult, Rosita learned to listen to the younger generation. "The young have wonderful vitality and ask questions of the status quo," she says.
Rosita, whose Tlingít names are Yeidiklats'akw and Kaa haní, is an Eagle of the Shungukeidí (Thunderbird) Clan from the Kaawdliyaayi Hit (House Lowered from the Sun) of Klukwan and a Lukaax.ádi yadi (Child of the Sockeye Clan).