“We are interested in a strong regional economy and working forests managed by a trained, local workforce,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott. “Maintaining a focus on sustainable harvests helps achieve that.”
Since being crowned Miss Alaska USA 2017 in February, Alyssa London has shared her vision of empowering women entrepreneurs, she’s been named a Cultural Ambassador for Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), appeared at numerous community events such as the yearly Fur Rendezvous event in Anchorage and has been celebrating the honor to be the first Tlingit women to hold the title Miss Alaska USA.
Two Southeast Alaska businesses have been recognized as innovative entrepreneurs. Skya’ana Coffee Co. and Wild Alaska Kelp Co. will each receive up to $40,000 in seed money for consulting/technical assistance to develop the business concept, along with support in finding investor funding.
"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.”