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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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Building an Economy Around Kelp

Lia Heifetz and Matt Kern took the plunge and started Barnacle Foods in 2016, knowing that kelp farming and the mariculture industry was just getting started. But their vision and confidence in a people- and planet-centered business philosophy are bringing others along with them.  One of the farms Barnacle Foods sources kelp from today is Seagrove Kelp Co. on Prince of Wales Island. Heifetz says Seagrove Kelp solidified its decision to submit a permit for a kelp farm about five years ago, knowing there would be a local buyer with the establishment of

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Rural Southeast Entrepreneurs Learn Skills for the New Economy

The summer of 2019 was the most promising yet for Stormy and Bonnie Hamar’s tourism business, Kasaan Arts, Museum and Canoes.   They had a big write-up in the local travel guide, fresh brochures to stock in ferry terminals and B&Bs, and a new contract pending with a day-cruise operator that would’ve guaranteed a stream paying customers throughout the summer of 2020.  But like so many others, their business took a major hit when the coronavirus pandemic forced the virtual cancellation of Alaska’s summer tourism season in 2020.   “Everything was going in the right direction,” Bonnie said. “Last year’s

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Late-Breaking Scholarship Opportunity for Traditional Language Learners

David Russell Jensen, program lead for the Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools at the University of Alaska Southeast, teaches a traditional-languages class to a group of young students. Students currently enrolled or interested in signing up to study Sm’algyax, X̱aad Kíl and Lingít through the University of Alaska Southeast this spring have access to newly available scholarship funds made possible by an agreement between Sealaska and UAS. Sealaska signed an agreement offering tuition support for students enrolled

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2021-2022 BYA Position is Now Open – Hear More from the Current BYA Michaela Demmert

Although the opportunity to serve as a Sealaska Board Youth Advisor (BYA) was on her radar for several years, Michaela Demmert said she waited until the time felt right to apply.  For Demmert  (Tlingit, Blackfeet, Nez Perce), who is Taakw.aaneidí (Raven/Sea Lion Clan), the right time rolled around last year. Demmert graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018, and plans to begin working on a master’s degree in social work starting this fall. She said she was looking for an opportunity

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The World’s Oldest Living Haida is About to Celebrate a Milestone Birthday

On Feb. 2, Fred (Sḵwaal) Hamilton, Sr. of Craig will mark his 100th birthday. The day has been designated by the Craig City Council as Fred Hamilton, Sr. Day.   Hamilton is the son of George (Siigaay) Hamilton, Sr. and Joy (Haana Iwaans) Edenso Hamilton. He is of the Raven moiety and his crests are Owl, Brown Bear and Flicker. Longevity is in his genes. Hamilton’s dad lived to be just shy of 102, and his aunt lived nearly to 103.  Despite his advanced age, Hamilton is heading

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Sealaska’s Progress with Ocean Health Enables Alternatives to Logging

Shift to new businesses aligns with Alaska Native heritage and creates enduring value for shareholders and communities Jan. 11, 2021 (Juneau, AK)—Sealaska, an Alaska Native Corporation that owns and manages 362,000 acres of land in Southeast Alaska, plans to transition out of logging operations in 2021. “Logging created value for our Alaska Native shareholders for decades, and it brought us to where we are today. We’re grateful for the commitment and professionalism that led to our success,” said Sealaska CEO

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Some of our Favorite Videos from 2020

It has been 40 years since Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Elders convened in 1980 to discuss the importance of preserving our culture to benefit future generations. The resulting text of that meeting, “Because We Cherish You,” laid out the Elders’ vision for maintaining our way of life and passing it on to our grandchildren. The anniversary of that momentous gathering gave us renewed cause to reflect the direction they provided, and as a result, “Because We Cherish You” became the

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Shop Native-Owned

It is the holiday season, and a great opportunity to support local, Native-owned businesses, artists and entrepreneurs. Sealaska invited its shareholders, descendants and others in the Alaska Native community to share their businesses and artistry with our audiences so we can help promote them during an otherwise very difficult year. We were flooded with submissions from all sorts of artists, crafters and makers in Alaska and beyond. Their business profiles, photos of their work and links to online shops and/or

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Application Period for Sealaska Scholarships Open, More Funds Available

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is now accepting applications for Sealaska scholarships for the 2021–2022 academic year, and thanks to a motion by the Sealaska board in October, more funding than ever will be available.  In the 2019–2020 academic year, scholarship eligibility was expanded to include both full- and part-time students attending accredited colleges, universities and vocational-technical schools at the undergraduate or post-graduate level. Previously, only full-time students were eligible, and with the expansion of eligibility came a surge in demand.  Sealaska’s board responded

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Emergency Relief and Disaster Preparedness Funds on the Way to Haines and Klukwan

Sealaska has committed $30,000 to assist with emergency relief and disaster preparedness efforts in Haines and Klukwan.   The two communities have experienced severe flooding and mudslides in the past 10 days. The search for two Haines residents was called off after they disappeared in a mudslide on December 3, and more than 50 families are still under evacuation orders. Haines received 6.62 inches of rain on December 2 alone, which vastly exceeded the previous record of 1.37 inches.  The Sealaska Board of Directors,

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Youth Training and Development Program Recognized with Regional Forester’s Award

A partnership between Sealaska, the National Forest Foundation, the USDA Forest Service and Sustainable Southeast Partnership was awarded a USDA Forest Service Regional Forester’s Award last week.  Alaskan Youth Stewards – formerly known as TRAYLS, or Training Rural Alaskan Youth Leaders and Students – is a collaborative effort to introduce youth in rural Southeast communities to career paths and opportunities for good paying jobs that are relevant and available in their home communities. The program emphasizes service to the community as well as scientific observation, and is inclusive of

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Southeast Alaska Traditional Languages in a Critical State

https://youtu.be/_Hx9KuiiX-E Sealaska shareholders have told us that investing in traditional languages is a top priority. In 2019, Sealaska set up an endowment to support the revitalization of the Tlingit (Lingít), Haida (X̠aad Kíl) and Tsimshian (Sm’algya̠x) traditional languages. Sealaska hosted an hour-long discussion on traditional languages on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Sealaska Director Lisa Ka’illjuus Lang hosted the conversation with: Dr. Lance X̠’unei Twitchell David R. Gyibaawm La̠xha Boxley Marita Ilskyalas Tolson Benjamin K’uyáang Young Miriah Káalaa Twitchell Dr. Lance

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