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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


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


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


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


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, 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


Vetting process designed to ensure the best possible candidates serve Sealaska

A lot of shareholders and descendants think becoming a board-endorsed nominee means getting hand selected by an existing board member, said current Sealaska Vice Chair Jodi Mitchell. And she understands why.   But Mitchell wants everyone to know that’s not how it works any more.   “Full disclosure: I was chosen the old way,” Mitchell, who joined the board in 2006, said. But around 2015 or so, as Sealaska’s financial turnaround was just starting to gain momentum, she said the process completely changed.   Today, board-endorsed nominees are selected through solicitations


Advocating for Environmental Justice through Legislative Action

During the month of February, we are highlighting shareholders who are contributing to policy and advocacy efforts and who positively impact people and communities.   Washington State Representative Debra Lekanoff is a champion for environmental policy and protections. She has given her time at the tribal, village, state and national level. Her efforts and professional background led some Alaskan policymakers to advocate that she would be ideal to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 office, which oversees Alaska and


Nominees Needed to Serve as Sealaska Board-Endorsed Candidates

Sealaska is seeking qualified shareholders to become endorsed nominees for the Sealaska Board of Directors. There are three incumbent candidates and two open seats this year. At a meeting of its Governance and Nominations Committee on Thursday, Feb. 4, the committee approved a set of criteria for candidates who choose to participate in the endorsement process. Applicants will be evaluated based on their experience and demonstrated accomplishments in the following areas: business; financial stewardship; character and integrity; leadership; culture/traditional way


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


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


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


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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