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We are proud of our company. Our commitment to ocean health is generating record profits, which in turn benefit shareholders and communities throughout our region and well beyond. Our news archive below features stories about our various businesses, our people, our commitment to cultural preservation and the environment, our response to the Covid-19 crisis and much more. Have a story you think we should know about? Please contact us at corpcomm@sealaska.com Press/media inquiries should be directed to matt.carle@sealaska.com or 907.586.9297.

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Sealaska Joins Partners in Announcing New Funding Source for Community Economic Development in Southeast

Today, Sealaska joins with several other organizations committed to the long-term health and success of our region in announcing a new vision and funding model for community economic development in Southeast Alaska. Sealaska is proud to commit $10 million to the establishment of the Seacoast Trust. Our $10 million is being matched with $7 million from The Nature Conservancy, and our ultimate goal is to see this fund grow to approximately $100 million. The trust will provide strong financial footing

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Sealaska Shareholder Retires After 23-Year Law Enforcement Career in Alaska

Trooper Granda on assignment in the Kuskokwim region After 23 years of law enforcement service, Alaska State Trooper Mark Granda retired on Aug. 31, 2021. Like his family, Sealaska is proud of Trooper Granda and his honorable service to the people of Alaska. Granda’s career in law enforcement began in 1997 with the Sitka Police Department, where he served for nearly four years. In 2001, Granda began his career with the Alaska State Troopers, moving to Soldotna with his wife Alia and children Caitana

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Sealaska’s $4.2 Million CARES Act Allocation: Part of a Larger Pool of Funding to Benefit Southeast Alaska Natives

Many shareholders are asking about Sealaska’s CARES Act funding, and how the $4.2 million amount of its allocation was determined. The U.S. Department of the Treasury created the formula for how CARES Act money was allocated to tribes and Alaska Native corporations (ANCs). The most important thing is that Alaska Natives in Southeast Alaska are receiving additional support at a crucial time. Sealaska is working out the details of how the $4.2 million allocation will be distributed to benefit our

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Land Management Training for Youth

Pictured from left to right: Isabella (Bella) Hoppe of Klawock, Priscilla Trudeau of Craig, Gonzolo Sanchez (G) of Klawock, Crew Leader-Reuben Schafir, and Joel Delacruz of Klawock Sealaska invests and works with partners to provide opportunities for youth. One such opportunity is through Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP). SSP’s Alaskan Youth Stewards program gives youth in rural Southeast Alaska the opportunity for hands-on learning about land management and STEM careers in partnership with a variety of other employers like Tribes and the U.S. Forest Service. This summer the AYS crew from Prince

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Sealaska Mourns the Loss of Xaad kíl Birth Speaker Jane Kristovich (K’ujúuhl)

One of the few remaining birth speakers of the Northern Haida dialect of Xaad kíl, Jane Kristovich (K’ujúuhl), joined her ancestors on August 18, 2021 at the age of 93. Kristovich was a treasured speaker of Xaad kíl who gave her time and knowledge generously to generations of her people through her involvement with language and dance groups, community events and even on film. Kristovich was born in Massett, B.C. in 1927. Her maiden English name was Adams. She is

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Sealaska Pledges Full Support to Federal Indian Boarding School Investigation

On Friday, July 23, Sealaska’s board of directors approved a resolution to give full support and cooperation to the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, which was announced by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) in late June.  The resolution calls on landowners, religious and governmental officials, and others to support the investigation, was passed unanimously by Sealaska’s thirteen-member board.   Sec. Haaland’s Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative will serve as an investigation into the loss of young indigenous people’s lives and the irreversible effects caused by boarding schools run by the Bureau of

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First Distribution from Settlement Trust Slated for Fall 2021

Sealaska shareholders approved a resolution to establish a settlement trust for Sealaska by a margin greater than three to one during the election that concluded Saturday, June 26. The trust, which is similar to those established by dozens of other Alaska Native regional and village corporations, will free Sealaska shareholders from paying federal income tax on their dividends. It will also reduce Sealaska’s tax obligation to the federal government in the future. This benefits all of us. The trust is

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The #SealaskaWayofLife Photo Contest is BACK! Share Your Way of Life – Win Prizes!

2021 Board Youth Advisor, Tia Silva-Martin, showing of her #SealaskaWayofLife What does the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian way of life look like through your lens? Show us in a snapshot during this year’s #SealaskaWayOfLife photo contest!  Sealaska is dedicated to doing our part to improve ocean health and protect our way of life. Over the past six years, we’ve advanced our twin goals of economic prosperity and environmental protection by investing in a range of businesses that support healthy oceans, including low-impact

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Sealaska Releases 2021 Shareholder Survey Results

Sealaska shareholders are overwhelmingly favorable toward the company’s business platform focused on ocean health and environmental stewardship, according to the company’s 2021 shareholder survey.  The survey, conducted by an independent research firm in April and May, was completed by nearly 5,000 of Sealaska’s 23,000 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian shareholders in Southeast Alaska and beyond. More than 85% said they were very or fairly supportive of Sealaska’s business vision.   The survey also showed shareholders hold a largely positive view of the company,

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Sealaska Scholarship Recipient Shares Her Commitment to Education with Her Family, Community

Educator and Sealaska shareholder Karen Lauth Elliott has been celebrating a lot of graduations over the past few years, culminating on June 12  this year, when she and her youngest son, Emad Al-Shamasawi, both received diplomas on the same day. Elliott earned her master’s in education policy from the University of Washington (UW) that day while her son graduated from Ingraham High School in Seattle. Other graduations in her family in recent years include her bachelor’s degree in American Indian

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Sealaska Awards Grants to Fund Indigenous Language Education and Social Services for Alaska

On Friday, July 23, 2021, Sealaska’s Board of Directors approved $450,000 in donations to fund language-preservation programs and a social service project spearheaded by organizations in Southeast. Three of the grants, totaling to $400,000, will go toward invigorating all three of Southeast Alaska’s Indigenous languages: Lingít (Tlingit), X̱aad Kíl (Haida), and Sm’algyax (Tsimshian). The fourth grant, for $50,000, will go to support development of Juneau’s Teal Street Center.   The language grants were made from the $10 million language endowment established by Sealaska in 2019 to help develop more advanced speakers of the region’s three

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Sealaska Welcomes USDA Funding for Local Priorities In, Around the Tongass

Sealaska welcomes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement last week that it is dedicating $25 million toward sustainable opportunities for economic growth and community well-being in and around the Tongass National Forest – the traditional homelands of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people.  The announcement of the Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy, as the funding initiative is being called, came paired with news that the USDA will end all large-scale logging of old-growth timber in Southeast Alaska and transition to a second- or young-growth strategy with provisions for providing logs for cultural use.   “The move away from old-growth is

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