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Our story began in the forests and along the coastlines of Southeast Alaska. We the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian still have a strong connection to these precious lands. Today, we share our homelands with all Americans in what is now called the Tongass National Forest. Just as long as the forest has been here...there have been people in the Tongass. Each takes care of the other.

Alaska Map with Southeast Highlighted TongassOur Native values require us to sustain and improve our way of life in order to honor generations before us who prepared a better world for our use, and provide a brighter future for generations to come. Because of these values, we constantly strive to improve Southeast communities and its economy, provide jobs for Native and non-Native alike, help our struggling villages and provide programs of social benefit to tribal member shareholders.

Early twentieth Century Tlingits outside long houseThese values, observed for thousands of years, also include caring for the land so that every succeeding generation can benefit. Today, we practice stewardship for the future over all our forested lands and adhere to federal and state regulations, sometimes exceeding those guidelines. We do this by utilizing the latest Silviculture techniques. Our forestry, stream protection and wildlife field experts are some of Alaska’s finest. They help us by studying and reporting our environmental footprint on the land and have published their findings for nearly two decades. And, to dispel myths that have built up around our forestry and stewardship practices, such as our clear cut, old growth, local access and log export practices, read a quick list of actual Sealaska stewardship facts.

Sealaska takes good care of its land and strives to be a good neighbor in the Tongass forest. We hope you take the time to learn our story. As a Native organization, Sealaska has a unique and interesting history. Please watch our video and read more here about how the company was formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and how Haa Aaní legislation (a.k.a. Sealaska Land Bill) will help us obtain the rest of our lands as promised by Congress. Sealaska is the corporation for Southeast Alaska Natives, owned by more than 22,000 tribal member shareholders.

We are Alaska’s first people, making our way in today’s world.

Regalia Dancer onstage at Sealaska Celebration

 

 
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