Alaska’s congressional delegation today introduced new Sealaska land-selection bills. Both would turn about 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest over to Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska.
A memorial service for Tlingit elder and original Sealaska Corporation board member Clarence Jackson will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at the ANB Hall in Juneau. Jackson died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 78.
The Juneau Assembly on Monday voted to change the boundary of the city’s historic district, clearing the way for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s proposed Walter Soboleff Center to be built as designed.
Officials with Sealaska Heritage Institute and the City and Borough of Juneau are working on a deal to let SHI out of the city’s historic district standards for the proposed Walter Soboleff Center.
There are new developments in the battle over a popular fishing area near Sitka. The board of a closed college and a Native corporation have filed competing ownership claims.
The Southeast Alaska Native village corporation Klukwan Inc. filed for bankruptcy this week. But it plans on remaining in business.
A Juneau photographer has donated a large collection of his father’s work to a Southeast Alaska cultural group. The archive documents the career of Amos Wallace, a nationally known Tlingit carver. It will be used to teach a new generation of artists about traditional – and more recent – techniques.
The U.S. House passed a bill today ceding tens of thousands of acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Sealaska Native Corporation.
Celebration 2012 begins Thursday morning with the grand entrance, led by the Xudzidaa Kwáan Dancers of Angoon. More than 50 other groups from Alaska, Canada and the Lower-48 will take the stage during the Thursday-through-Saturday event, which is Southeast Alaska’s largest Native cultural gathering.
Several Alaska Native organizations oppose a legislative effort to increase sea otter harvests.