Sealaska Sponsors Native American Heritage Month Lecture Series
SHI President Rosita Worl pointed out that ANCSA was passed 40 years ago. “ANCSA is a very different creature than reservations,” Worl said. “I know Alaskans hear a lot about Native corporations but they might not always understand the history of ANCSA, or how corporations work.”
She said Alaska settled its Native land claims by founding Native corporations, a complete departure from the way Native American tribes in the lower 48 settled land claims by forming reservations.
Lectures will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the fourth floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. Participants are invited to bring lunch.
Lectures are as follows:
- November 4—“ANCSA: Good or Bad?” with Byron Mallott, First Alaskan Institute Fellow;
- November 14—“The Interrelationships Between Tribes and Corporations” with Edward Thomas, president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska;
- November 15—“Alaska Native Corporations and Cultural Models of Sustainability” with Thomas F. Thornton, senior research fellow, Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University;
- November 21—“The Legal Status of Alaska Native Corporations & Economic Self Determination” with Chris McNeil, president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation;
- November 28—“ANCSA: A Path to Assimilation or Cultural Survival” with Rosital Worl, SHI president.