(left) Tsimshian descendant Andrew Wysocki, 2018 Sealaska communications intern, kayaks with fellow interns in Auke Bay in Juneau. (right) Interns participate in an improvisation workshop during intern development week in Juneau, Alaska.
Several times this spring, my grandmother and parents urged me to apply for Sealaska’s ten-week summer internship. They saw it as a great source of experience and told me to take advantage of the opportunity in front of...read more
The Klawock community came together in late August and stood up a totem pole representing all branches of the U.S. military. The totem now stands in the newly named Veterans Memorial Totem Park.
U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, a member of both the Senate Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, was a guest speaker at the event. “Alaska has more veterans per capita than any other state in the country. Even more special in my view, Alaska Natives serve at...read more
(left) Sealaska intern Janae Vieira prepares salmon during intern development week. (right) Janae Vieira and Jared Littlefield, her supervisor, lead a tour of Odyssey Foods' fish processing and packaging lines for Sealaska interns.
Most internships involve showing up in business casual or professional attire, but not for Odyssey Foods intern Janae Vieira. Once she arrives at the warehouse in Seattle’s industrial district, she takes off any jewelry and...read more
Summer in Juneau, Alaska, means another class of interns gets to experience Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) behind-the-scenes. Celebration, research projects, collections housing and youth summer camps gave Breylan Martin, Miranda Worl, Lyndsey Brollini, Leah Urbanski and Leanna Owen insight into SHI’s mission to perpetuate Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian culture every day. Beyond the day-to-day work experiences, they spent ten weeks surrounded by their Alaska Native culture,...read more
Picture this. You’re trekking through the deep brush on Prince of Wales Island, fighting off the mosquitos, basking in the dry Alaskan summer sun, all the while stopping now and then to take comfort in the intrepid silence that comes with setting foot onto the resilient land of Southeast Alaska. The fresh air fills your lungs, resulting in a clear...read more
Nearly fifty years ago, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) authorized the creation of Sealaska – and it was all about compensation for taking land. Native land. Since then, ANCSA corporations have become large engines powered by exporting natural resources and contracting with the federal government. I never want to minimize the validity of these industries. However, I predict that responsible, long-term and sustainable businesses that account for people and the planet will...read more
As a public space that fosters a sense of community while sheltering important native plant and wildlife species, Lena Beach has long been known as a place for locals to picnic, swim or just enjoy nature. Sealaska recently completed a substantial renovation of this iconic recreation area, which will also strengthen pink and coho salmon runs and improve access and preserve the beach for the future.
Since the early 1980s, Sealaska’s internship program has been offering shareholders and shareholder descendants paid professional work experience and on-the-job training throughout Sealaska and its businesses.
This summer, interns worked in numerous departments across Sealaska such as environmental monitoring, natural resource stewardship, communications, construction management and cultural non-profit.
“I've grown up knowing that as Tlingit people we are the stewards of the air...read more
This is the first story in a series featuring the 2018 Sealaska summer interns. See the businesses through their eyes, understand their impact on Sealaska and experience the reconnection with their Alaska Native roots.