A memorial totem pole honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirits (MMIWG2S) was recently raised near Klawock. This beautiful, heartbreaking tribute is
Taking a Stand for Native Rights
Our people have fought for our ways of life for millennia.
Through advocacy and work to advance public policy, Sealaska continues to strengthen this tradition of defending traditional ways of living and being. Collaborative work and partnerships to this end help provide economic, educational, cultural and social benefits to shareholders, preserving and enhancing Native rights.
The Policy Committee
also known as
- Wayi Wah -
- Hágwsdaa -
As part of these efforts, Sealaska Policy Committee works to support policy initiatives and advocacy efforts aligned with shareholder priorities. The committee is best known as Nax̱too.aat/Wayi Wah/Hágwsdaa– a phrase that translates to “Let’s Go!” in Lingít, Sm’algyax and Xaad Kíl, respectively – and was formed to help facilitate change and ensure shareholder priorities are realized on all levels, on issues local to global.
The Nax̱too.aat/Wayi Wah/Hágwsdaa Committee is committed to advancing advocacy efforts that benefit shareholders and communities. Key initiatives Include:
- RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE
- WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
- ACCESS TO TRADITIONAL HARVESTING
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- VILLAGE AND TRIBAL PRIORITIES
Through financial contributions and lobbying efforts, Sealaska supports the landless Alaska Native communities of Southeast and their continued efforts to establish village corporations in their communities. Those communities include the five Southeast communities of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Haines and Tenakee Springs.
Alaska Natives Without Land is an advocacy group dedicated to uniting the five Southeast communities left out of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), for the purpose of restoring a minute fraction of Alaska Native land ownership rights to the Alaska Native communities. Learn more at withoutland.org.
Shareholders, too, can get involved — by supporting these causes, encouraging family members to do the same and contacting their elected officials (both state and federal) to champion these causes and let their voices be heard.
To share your advocacy and policy priorities or ask questions about Sealaska’s public policy and advocacy work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Policy: In the News
On August 16, Alaska will hold a special election to fill out the remainder of former Congressman Don Young’s term in the U.S. House of
One of the important ways Sealaska serves shareholders and communities is advocating for Native rights and issues. The work takes place at the local, state,
Thank you to all those who joined the Sealaska Public Policy Forum today. We appreciate your engagement and willingness to take the time to learn
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