"Marlene and Ethel both served the company with dignity and respect for many years, not unlike many other directors," said Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson. "The difference with Marlene and Ethel is the sheer amount of time and energy they contributed to the betterment of our people and communities over their lifetimes. The other notable difference is Marlene and Ethel not only encouraged the next generation of leaders to step up, they both made room for them on the board by stepping down. On behalf of the board, I thank each of them for their tremendous leadership, their commitment to the perpetuation of our culture and their humble service."
Each year, Sealaska shareholders elect directors to serve a three-year term on the board. Qualified Sealaska shareholders seeking candidacy as an Independent Nominee on the 2017 Sealaska Corporation proxy card, are required to complete the 2017 Nominee’s packet.
Rosita Kaa háni Worl advised the board of directors that she would not be seeking re-election to the Sealaska Board of Directors for her board seat which expires on June 24, 2017. "It has been my honor and privilege to serve on the board," said Worl. "I have always said that since I was elected to this office, Sealaska has always been my highest priority second to my family, and I’ve devoted my energies to this end. I am proud to have contributed to making Sealaska a leader as a preeminent Native corporation. At this point in my life, I have other priorities to which I’d like to devote my attention."
The presidents of Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), Sealaska, the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) have written a letter petitioning the Juneau Assembly to reject a proposed ordinance to illegalize camping on private property in the downtown district.
“On behalf of the board, Sealaska congratulates CTA and its leadership for the hard work and efforts with its land-into-trust application,” said Sealaska Chair Joe Nelson. “This is a historic moment for Alaska tribes. More land-into-trust is not going to be a silver bullet for solving all of the challenges in our communities, but this action by the Obama Administration acknowledges the rightful place of our tribes as sovereign governments on the same footing as lower 48 tribes.”
As we reflect back on 2016, Sealaska board and management would like to review the financial forecasts that we provided shareholders within our annual report, annual meeting and community visits. During the year we have graphically highlighted Sealaska’s three main sources of income; operations, ANCSA Section 7(i), and investments and our expectations for 2016 net income.
During 2016, Sealaska made over $300,000 in corporate contributions to Native organizations and community entities who are making a difference for all of us. Sealaska remains committed to being a good neighbor and community leader in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Nearly one-third of Sealaska’s total contributions support major cultural projects. This includes $50,000 for the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center in Klukwan, Alaska, which held its grand opening in May 2016.
Over the past two years, Sealaska met with 14 Southeast tribes regarding cemetery and historic sites included in the final legislation. These consultations fulfilled a requirement of the legislation and also provided Sealaska an opportunity to discuss co-management of these sites under memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the tribes.
Today more than ever before, companies are scrutinized to ensure that organizational conduct is honest and ethical. The Sealaska leadership team is committed to conducting business in a way that promotes ethical behavior and legal compliance. Sealaska’s Compliance and Risk Management Department was established in 2014, to align compliance efforts and organize a risk management program across Sealaska’s companies.