The Sealaska Native Corporation will hold its annual meeting for shareholders on June 25th at the elementary school gymnasium in Haines. It is the first time the Native corporation’s annual meeting has come to town.
About 70 directors, staff and invited dignitaries are expected to attend, joining local and out of town shareholders. Of its more than 19,000 shareholders, 203 live in the Haines and Klukwan area, according to Nicole Hallingstad, vice president and corporate secretary.
The corporation is hosting a reception for local businesses the night before the meeting. On Saturday, events begin at 10 a.m. with an artist fair. Candidate speeches for directors up for reelection and for independent candidates begin at 10:30. A lunch is scheduled for 11:30. The gavel drops for the annual meeting at 1 p.m. There are no resolutions for this year’s meeting.
The meeting’s theme for this year is "Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of ANSCA In Our Own Words." The theme recognizes Sealaska’s campaign in support of the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization Act, or Haa Aani, currently making its way through Congress. The bill would convey about 80,000 acres in the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp.