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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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2021 Q1 Letter from the Chair

The following letter from Sealaska Board Chair Joe Nelson was published in the Q1 newsletter, which mailed to shareholders in early April. To view the full newsletter, click here.  Dear Shareholders, For many of us, the first signs of spring are a welcome change. The increase in daylight lures us outdoors. The fresh air and physical activity improve our state of mind. We start gearing up for our busy summers. The change in the season brings work, but it is

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Sealaska Shareholder Descendant Plans Denali Summit this Summer

Growing up in Juneau, Rain Felkl had no fear of the mountains, she said. Her parents would let her play at the glacier or spend the night on top of Thunder Mountain unsupervised, entrusting XTRATUF boots, hand-me-down outdoor gear and the unwavering confidence that characterizes childhood with her safe return home. “They [my parents] didn’t instill fear in us when it came to the outdoors,” Felkl said. Back then, she “didn’t really do anything extreme,” she said. But, today, Felkl—who

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Sealaska Announces 2021 Spring Distribution and Schedule

A spring 2021 distribution of $21.3 million builds on the many other investments Sealaska is grateful to be able to make to support its shareholders and communities. The distribution includes dividends from the company’s growing ocean-health business operations ($6.8 million) and the Marjorie V. Young (MVY) Shareholder Permanent Fund ($2.5 million). Distributions to shareholders were $46.4 million in 2020. In addition to the spring distribution, Sealaska will be providing the greatest amount of educational scholarship awards to upwards of 500

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SEALASKA IN 2020 Humbled and grateful for support and successes amid extreme tests

As Sealaska’s board finalizes the spring distribution to Sealaska shareholders in a meeting on Friday, April 2, the company’s business operations continue a trend of increasing profitability.  Thanks to the incredible dedication and skill of so many at Sealaska, several of our businesses actually saw record financial results in 2020. Their efforts enabled us to keep our employees safe while supporting our communities and building on our work to strengthen ocean health.   Why ocean health? We are stewards of a

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Shareholder Participation Committee Chairs Included in Selection Process for Board Endorsed Nominees

Sealaska’s process for selecting candidates to become endorsed nominees for its board of directors expanded this year to include the chairs of Sealaska’s Shareholder Participation Committees representing Southeast Alaska, the rest of Alaska, and outside Alaska. Shareholder Participation Committees were established two years ago to help Sealaska be more responsive to the needs and priorities of its shareholders through active engagement. The committees are made up of 7-8 members from each of the three geographic areas, who volunteer to provide

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Women’s History Month Spotlight Amy Hallingstad

Amy Hallingstad was a champion for civil rights causes in Alaska, desegregating schools and other public facilities, advocating for equal pay for women and quality health care for Alaska Natives, and tearing down signs that read “No Natives Allowed.” She fought the most serious challenges faced by her people for most of her life, earning the unofficial title of “First Lady for the First People.” And yet Hallingstad’s most powerful weapon in advancing these distinctly humorless issues was razor-sharp wit

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Event Shared the ‘Power of Cold Dips’ with the Sealaska Community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQs3Kce85Is Sealaska’s most recent virtual event invited panelists to share their experiences with cold water dips, an ancient ritual among our people that was designed to fortify the body and spirit against a wide range of difficulties, from weather to warfare. The live virtual event, moderated by Sealaska Board Chair Joe Nelson, featured Richard Peterson, Sarah Dybdahl, Barbara Blake, Konrad Frank and Mona Evan as panelists. The event was part of a month-long campaign hosted by Sealaska in March that

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Path to Prosperity Business Development Competition 2021 Winners Announced

Sealaska invests in Southeast Alaska businesses through a yearly commitment to Spruce Root, Inc. Spruce Root supports businesses through loan capital and support services to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental resiliency.  Sealaska economic development partner Spruce Root just announced the winners of its annual Path to Prosperity business competition, with two Southeast businesses winning $25,000 each. In the competition, 12 finalists receive intensive business coaching from Spruce Root experts. The pool is eventually winnowed to two winners. This year, winners include Naomi Michalsen of Ketchikan-based Kaasei Training and Consulting, and

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San Diego’s Tlingit Mayor Embraces His ‘Firsts’

San Diego’s new mayor, Todd Gloria, is Tlingit, Filipino and has Dutch and Puerto Rican roots. He often describes himself as the proud son of a hotel maid and a gardener. Gloria is San Diego’s first non-white mayor, and also its first LGBTQ mayor.   “I’ve been the first of many things in my career,” Gloria said. “The goal is always not to be the last one.”  Gloria started volunteering on political campaigns as a high school student. He received Sealaska and Goldbelt scholarships to help get him through

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Sealaska Scholarship Survey Reveals Interesting Findings

Hailing from Kansas to Kodiak and pursuing fields of study from pharmaceutical sciences to studio photography, Sealaska scholarship recipients represent diverse backgrounds, interests and career paths. In a recent survey, they shared words of advice and interesting demographic data. And, of course, a lighthearted look at the realities of student life—for example, many respondents said Top Ramen was a staple during college, as well as cafeteria food and coffee. The deadline to apply for a Sealaska scholarship for the 2021-22

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Landless legislation to be reintroduced in 117th Congress

Campaign organizers with Alaska Natives Without Land are optimistic that legislation advancing the land claims of Alaska Natives from five Southeast communities will be reintroduced during the 117th Congress, which got underway on Jan. 3, 2021. Haines, Tenakee, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg were inexplicably left out of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, and were unable to form urban Native corporations. Alaska Natives from these communities have gone 50 years without the economic benefits that are associated with

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Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

The 2021 Sealaska annual meeting of shareholders will be held virtually on Saturday, June 26, 2021 via a live webcast. Please watch MySealaska.com, your inbox and Sealaska social media platforms for further details.   Under Sealaska rules and election procedures, any qualified shareholder may seek a position on the Board of Directors by following the requirements of Sealaska bylaws. The election policies provide any qualified candidate for the Board of Directors the opportunity to include his or her name on the Sealaska proxy, proxy

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