Happy Dr. Walter Soboleff Day! Today, we recognize the remarkable life and tremendous legacy of Kaajaakwtí Dr. Walter Soboleff, reflecting on one of his most important guiding principles: Sh yáa.awudanéiyi a kwáan – respect people; respect yourself; and other people will respect you. A lifelong Lingít speaker, minister and public servant, Soboleff served on the Sealaska board for nine years. He was Tlingit of the Raven, L’eeneidí (Dog Salmon) clan. A quietly powerful advocate for Alaska Native people, Soboleff taught
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Sealaska mourns the profound loss of former director Aanwoogex’ Ethel Lund, who walked into the forest in the early morning of November 11. She was Tlingit, Yéil (Raven), Teeyhíttaan, born to Carl Lund of Sweden and Martha Ukas of Wrangell and raised by grandparents Tom and Josephine Ukas. Lund was a pioneer of tribal healthcare, using her steadfast determination and gift for healing to lead in the creation of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). She served on the
Sealaska Recognizes Veteran Aaron Isaacs In celebration of Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, we will be recognizing a handful of shareholders that have served in the Armed Forces as part of our #RecognitionMatters Veterans Campaign. The first piece will be published today, in honor of Veterans Day. This story features former Sealaska founding director Aaron Isaacs who served in the Alaska Army National Guard and as a U.S. Army 82nd Airborne paratrooper. American Indians and Alaska Natives have
Sealaska shareholders tuned in from locations around Alaska and the country yesterday to hear an overview of the fall distribution from Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. The distribution, which was issued to those with direct deposit today, is the third made through the Sealaska Settlement Trust, which was established by shareholder vote in 2021. Mallott was joined by Director Morgan Howard, who serves as chair of the finance committee and provided background and a board perspective for shareholder Q&A.
Sealaska published a special edition Shareholder Newsletter. The following was included. Following the June 25 approval of a shareholder resolution to eliminate the one-quarter blood quantum requirement from the eligibility criteria for Sealaska’s Class D (Descendant) shares, Sealaska is now pursuing justice on behalf of another group of disenfranchised descendants — those who were born before Dec. 18, 1971, and whose blood quantum is lower than one-quarter. Dec. 18, 1971 is the date the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was
Sealaska published a special edition Shareholder Newsletter. The following was included. Hello shareholders, I would like to welcome our new descendant shareholders to Sealaska and thank all of those who supported removing the blood quantum requirement for descendant stock. It is so important for all our people, no matter their blood quantum, to have a connection to our traditional homelands through ownership in our Alaska Native corporation. I didn’t learn a lot about Alaska Native corporations or ANCSA (the Alaska
Tracy and Penny are among Sealaska’s newest shareholders, who have enrolled since the one-quarter blood quantum requirement was removed from enrollment criteria for Class D (Descendant) stock. Tracy Allen welcomes the change. “I think that eventually our blood quantum would have run out as a lot of us are mixed ethnicities,” she said. “The change has been great for me and Penny, and all our children. But not for my older siblings, Gary Allen and Lynn Allen. They are still
Sealaska published a special edition Shareholder Newsletter. The following was included. In 2019, Shyla Germain, who works in Shareholder Relations at Sealaska, was sitting in the lobby of the company headquarters talking to people about enrolling to become a Sealaska shareholder. It was during Celebration, and many Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people filled the streets of downtown Juneau. She spoke with many people that day, always enthusiastic and confident that anyone who was eligible would want to enroll. A conversation
Applications are now open for summer 2023 internships at Sealaska and partner organizations like Sealaska Heritage Institute, Spruce Root, Barnacle Foods, McKinley Capital and Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Sealaska internships are in a class of their own — they are whole-person experiences designed to provide cultural, social and professional development; are full-time, paid positions; include cohort and team-building activities with fellow interns; and are available in a wide range of functions, from construction
The Sealaska Board of Directors approved a distribution totaling $15.4 million to be issued to shareholders on Nov. 9. This includes $2.8 million in earnings from the Marjorie V. Young (MVY) Shareholder Permanent Fund, $7.6 in operations income and $5.1 million in Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Section 7(j) natural resource revenue sharing funds. Through a balanced, sustainable approach and deliberate reinvestment back into our businesses, Sealaska provides benefits to shareholders through distributions and – equally important – a robust