On October 24, 2014, former Sealaska President and CEO Chris E. McNeil Jr. was inducted into the Native American Cultural Hall of fame at Stanford University.
McNeil has built upon his leadership at Sealaska to serve not only shareholders, but all Alaska Natives in the areas of voting rights, hunting and fishing rights, cultural site protection, education, economic development and job creation. He served as special counsel to the Alaska Federation of Natives, and as Washington representative and counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and doctorate of law, both from Stanford. While he was a student, McNeil distinguished himself as a founding member of the Stanford American Indian Organization and as one of the first graduate interns to develop American Indian programming. He was also instrumental in the successful campaign to remove the "Indian" as the official Stanford mascot.
He is Tlingit, Dakl'aweidí (Killerwhale) Clan and an enrolled member of the Nisga'a Tribe