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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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Board votes to increase scholarship endowment fund

In a resolution adopted Friday, Oct. 30, Sealaska’s board of directors voted to add an additional $2.5 million to its scholarship endowment fund to meet the increased demand for support from students receiving postsecondary education on a part-time basis. Sealaska just started providing scholarships to part-time students for the 2019–2020 academic year, and the demand was significant. “The part-time track is more realistic for a lot of people. We are happy to meet people where they are at as they

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Sealaska, NESI alliance creates global, sustainable seafood leader

NESI founder Fred Stroyan holds a 60-pound king salmon caught by commercial fisherman in Chignik Bay in 2004. “I kidded my friends back home I had caught it fly fishing!” he said. Companies aim to enhance lives and promote ocean health  October 30, 2020 (Juneau, AK)—Sealaska, an Alaska Native Corporation owned by 23,000 Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian shareholders and owner of several food companies, including Seattle-based Orca Bay Foods, and New England Seafood International Limited (NESI), a respected, London-based supplier

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Sealaska Mourns the Loss of Tlingit leader David Katzeek

https://youtu.be/dR4nVR4xukQ It is with great sadness, but also reverence, respect and gratitude for his innumerable contributions, that we share the news of the passing of Tlingit Elder and culture bearer Kingeistí David Katzeek. Katzeek was a clan leader for the Eagle moiety, Shangukeidí (Thunderbird Clan) of Klukwan. Katzeek was from Kaawdliyaayi Hít (House Lowered from the Sun), and Shis’g̠i Hít (Tree Bark House) in Chilkat K̠wáan Klukwan, after his mother, the late Anna Klanott Katzeek. He was a child of the

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Investment in Language Leads to Cultural Revitalization in Hydaburg

Sealaska established a $10 million language endowment to focus on the revitalization of Tlingit (Lingít), Haida (X̱aad Kíl) and Tsimshian (Sm’algya̠x) languages. In Alaska, very few birth speakers of these traditional languages remain. All are older than 70, and a majority are 80 or older. The group includes four birth speakers of Sm’algya̠x, three birth speakers of X̱aad Kíl, and 63 birth speakers of Lingít. We invite you — all 23,000 of our shareholders — to get involved in this important effort to

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Tlingit National Guardsman Presented Gin’tith (Richard Frank) Military Service Award at AFN

Major Walter Hotch-Hill, a Sealaska shareholder descendant, was presented with a President’s Award during the 2020 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) annual convention. AFN is the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska, with members representing more than 250 organizations. Each year AFN hosts an annual convention that includes setting priorities for the advocacy group as well as recognizing Alaska Natives with several awards. Hotch-Hill was presented with the Gin’tith (Richard Frank) Military Service award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate a

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Early 2020 Fall Distribution to Augment Other Shareholder Benefits

Early 2020 fall distribution to augment other shareholder benefits In recognition of the ongoing economic and health crisis caused by the coronavirus, Sealaska’s Board of Directors is accelerating payment of the 2020 shareholder dividend. Issuing dividends two weeks earlier than usual underscores Sealaska’s commitment to our shareholders during this challenging time. Throughout the pandemic, Sealaska has sought out ways to support our shareholders and our communities. In April, the Sealaska board established a $1 million COVID-19 relief and recovery fund,

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Sealaska Nominates Joe Nelson as AFN Co-Chair

Sealaska is pleased to announce the nomination of Joe Nelson as the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) board co-chair. Nelson has served as a Sealaska director since 2003 and has been board chair since 2014. Nelson has a long and distinguished career working as a practicing attorney and advocating for youth while working for the University of Alaska Southeast. Nelson is a tribal member of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and Yakutat Tlingit

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2020 Q3 Financial Update

Sealaska is committed to building an organization that plays an active role in addressing one of the biggest challenges facing our species: the effects of climate change on our environment. The effects of climate change are drastically increasing, with sea level rise, heat waves, drought, and extreme precipitation events occurring at a rate that is growing the call to action. Our businesses seek to help solve these problems by focusing on producing low-impact foods, providing services that ensure clean water

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Sealaska Shareholder Descendent Serves as Conference Guide at the Elders & Youth Conference

Sealaska shareholder descendant Andrea Ts’aak Ka Juu Cook will serve as one of two conference guides for this year’s First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference, which starts Sunday, Oct. 11. The three-day event will be held entirely online. Cook, who will turn 21 this month, is Haida from Hydaburg. Cook spent the summer as a virtual intern for First Alaskans Institute (FAI) and Sitka Conservation Society; her work there and connections at FAI are what led to her selection

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Sealaska Fall Distribution Date Announced

Sealaska’s fall distribution will occur a few weeks earlier than normal to help provide financial relief to shareholders due to the ongoing pandemic. Shareholders are encouraged to complete and/or update any enrollment or stock transfer paperwork by the official record date for the fall distribution. The record date is 4 p.m. AKDT, Wednesday, October 14, 2020. “We are fortunate to be in a position to provide a fall distribution and make it happen earlier than normal,” said Board Chair Joe

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Investing in Traditional Languages

Sealaska established a $10 million language endowment to focus on the revitalization of Tlingit (Lingít), Haida (X̱aad Kíl) and Tsimshian (Sm’algya̠x) languages. In Alaska, very few birth speakers of these traditional languages remain. All are older than 70, and a majority are 80 or older. The group includes four birth speakers of Sm’algya̠x, three birth speakers of X̱aad Kíl, and 63 birth speakers of Lingít. We invite you — all 23,000 of our shareholders — to get involved in this important effort to

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Collaboration Between Sealaska and Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association Fills Freezers for Subsistence-Based Sealaska Shareholders

(September 25, 2020) – Shareholders from around Southeast Alaska filled their smokehouses, pantries and freezers with the rich red of sockeye salmon this week, courtesy of a unique partnership between Sealaska and the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), in conjunction with tribal leadership in each community. The first of its kind, this salmon distribution netted a total of 51,000 pounds of salmon for shareholder families throughout Southeast. Most deliveries were made over the past week, with several more distributions taking

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