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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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Report to Shareholders: Sealaska Board of Directors Meeting Jan. 20-21

The Sealaska Board of Directors elevated shareholder Jason Gubatayao to the position of general manager of Haa Aaní, Sealaska’s land-management company, when it met Jan. 20-21. The board also decided to continue holding most Sealaska meetings virtually while pandemic circumstances remain uncertain—including the annual meeting of shareholders on June 25.    Haa Aaní is responsible for Sealaska’s land holdings in Southeast Alaska, including many land management activities like ensuring access for hunting and fishing through road maintenance and other infrastructure, and the selective harvest of trees and bark for

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Shareholder Opportunities Event: Free Training, Scholarship Info and More for STEM and Technical Career Fields

A virtual event for shareholders and descendants on Wednesday, Jan. 26 highlighted several immediate, jobs-ready educational and training opportunities for shareholders at low or no cost. “We’re excited to be providing a wide range of career and training opportunities that align with the lifestyles and preferences of our shareholders,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. “Many of our shareholders aren’t looking for a 9-5 job. They might be a traditional harvester or have other responsibilities. These are opportunities that fit

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Sealaska Shareholder 1099 Tax Forms Now Available

Sealaska shareholders will be able to view and download their IRS Form 1099-DIV for 2021 beginning Monday, Jan. 24. View and download 1099 form on MySealaska.com Monday, Jan. 24 Printed 1099 tax forms will be mailed on or before Jan. 26. Q: Why am I getting a 1099? I thought my distributions were tax free now that we have the Sealaska Settlement Trust? A: The Sealaska Settlement Trust was created by a vote of shareholders in June of 2021. Dividend

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Sealaska Native Rights Advocacy Update

Every two years, Sealaska conducts a shareholder survey to identify your priorities. Those priorities are the road map to our public policy work and help guide the shareholder benefits we are grateful to be able to provide through the success of our businesses. In 2021, Sealaska’s board and executive leadership launched what will be a multiyear effort to hold leadership meetings in communities where our shareholders live in high concentrations. That means meetings in nearly every community in our region,

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Sealaska 2021 Year in Review

As we welcome 2022, we at Sealaska have much to be grateful for. We end the year safe and successful, despite facing continued challenges and disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sealaska continues to prioritize the health of our employees and deeply appreciates their tireless efforts to maintain COVID precautions while working to achieve business growth and enhance shareholder benefits. We also give thanks to our shareholders for helping shape the future of Sealaska, allowing us to engage with you on an ever-increasing level and inspiring us to grow in every

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Former director, longtime Native leader Gil Gunderson passes away

Sealaska is saddened to learn that Gilbert “Gil” Gunderson passed away, Dec. 22. Sealaska sends its heartfelt condolences to the Gunderson family and all those who so dearly loved Gil, for their loss. Gil served as a director on Sealaska’s board from 1972 to 1987. He was a known throughout Southeast Alaska as a commercial fisherman and a fierce advocate for our people through his service as a Sealaska director. Originally from Wrangell, Gil was one of the original members

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Juneau Police Chief Recognized with 2021 AFN Presidents’ Award

As Police Chief, Ed Mercer is the highest-ranking member of the Juneau Police Department. He has served as Juneau Police Chief since 2017.   On December 14, 2021, Chief Mercer was presented the 2021 AFN President’s Award for Public Service. The award recognizes an Alaska Native who demonstrates dedication, competence, and sensitivity in public service.   “Sealaska is proud of Chief Mercer’s dedication to community and people for the past 28 years, beginning in 1992 as a Reserve Officer with the Sitka Police Department,” said Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson, who also serves

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Kéex Kwaan Cultural Icon Recognized with 2021 AFN President’s Award

Ruth Demmert (Kaanak) presented with Dr. Walter Soboleff “Warriors of Light award. Ruth Demmert Kaanak of Kake, Alaska is well known for her dedication and inspiration to the Tlingit language and culture. At this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives convention, Demmert was presented with the AFN President’s Award, Dr. Walter Soboleff “Warriors of Light”. The award is presented to people who uplift people, enrich spirits, and unify people.  Ruth Demmert was raised traditionally, living and learning from her grandparents and Kake Elders. Today she is a respected Elder and Tlingit language

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Foundations Direct $2 Million to Southeast Alaska Collaboration

A new fund that aims to support a prosperous, post-timber economy in Southeast Alaska has gotten a boost with twin $1 million investments from two private family foundations: Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska and the Edgerton Foundation, based in Los Angeles. The foundations are delighted to announce their partnership in support of the Seacoast Trust endowment, which will be led by Indigenous values for conservation. The fund will enable the Sustainable Southeast Partnership — an unusual, decade-old collaboration of groups that

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Celebrating 50 Years of ANCSA and Working Together 

December 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which was signed into law on December 18, 1971. ANCSA is the largest land settlement in U.S. history between aboriginal people and the federal government. ANCSA created Sealaska and 11 other regional Native corporations in Alaska, along with 229 village and urban corporations.   In June 2022, Sealaska will mark its own 50-year milestone. During the next several months, we’ll be celebrating our journey over the past five decades.   Tlingit, Haida

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Landless Legislation Bills Introduced by Alaska’s Congressional Delegation

Today, Alaska  Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced a companion bill to Rep. Don Young’s House Bill 3231, which, if adopted would resolve 50 years of injustice for five landless communities in Southeast Alaska. The bills, which will work their way through committee assignments and hearings in the coming weeks and months, would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to create urban corporations in Haines, Wrangell, Petersburg, Ketchikan and Tenakee. The five communities were left out of ANCSA when it was originally passed on December

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Sealaska Supports Ballot Initiative to Formally Recognize All 229 Alaska Native Tribes

Sealaska recently joined Alaskans for Better Government in support of a proposed ballot measure to institute formal legal recognition of all 229 Alaska Native Tribes by the State of Alaska. This ballot initiative would provide Alaskans – rather than the Legislature – a chance to vote on the matter directly and finally ensure an equal, government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the state. All Alaska Tribes have been federally recognized since 1994. “This isn’t about tribal authority or sovereignty,” said Sealaska

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