Sealaska hosted its second in the “#NativeEnough” series of virtual events centered on the issue of blood quantum Tuesday night, Oct. 26.
The purpose of the event was to provide background on blood quantum – how it was incorporated into the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, its history related to enrollment requirements at Sealaska, what tribes and other Alaska Native Corporations require, cultural values related to the issue, a glimpse into what the population of Sealaska shareholders and descendants looks like in the future, and answers to questions from participants.
A recording of the October 26 event is available by clicking the image above or visiting Sealaska’s #NativeEnough playlist on YouTube. The playlist also includes a recording of the first event, held Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Speakers at the Tuesday, Oct. 26 event include President Richard Peterson, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska; Sealaska directors Nicole Hallingstad and Morgan Howard; Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott; and Sealaska VP of Policy and Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary Jaeleen Kookesh.
The discussion continues on Sealaska social media channels throughout the fall. The third event in the series, a panel discussion featuring voices from outside Sealaska, is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. Additional details will be shared on social media and in an upcoming eNews.
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