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Sealaska turns Headquarters into state’s first building heated by Biomass

December 29th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

Nathan_Soboleff_photo_by_M.PennBy Kim Marquis | JUNEAU EMPIRE

Sealaska corporate executives are banking on the sometimes-truth, “If you build it, they will come,” by making a commitment to biomass as an energy source.

The company this month announced it will convert its Juneau headquarters from oil to a wood-fired boiler system. A stream of wood pellets will come from British Columbia until a regional provider can do it.

Sealaska‘s four-story building is too small to support the distribution system alone, so additional commercial building operators will have to follow Sealaska’s example and convert to biomass heat for the economics to work out.

Banking on others seeing the benefits is a risk, Sealaska Executive Vice President Rick Harris said.

“If you see me out there with a coal shovel next December you’ll know something didn’t work,” Harris said. CONTINUE »

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Senator Kookesh will fight fishing citation

August 28th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

albertkookeshAccording to – Alaska state senator Albert Kookesh will challenge a fishing citation he received and seek a court opinion on whether a state wildlife officer has jurisdiction over subsistence fishermen on federal land.  Mr.  Kookesh is also the board chair of Sealaska, the Alaska native corporation for Southeast Alaska.

“I want NARF (Native American Rights Fund) involved with this. I want to make sure the Native community is involved with this. I want to make sure AFN is involved,” he said.

He has contacted Larry EchoHawk, head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and plans to speak to Kim Elton, the director of Alaska affairs for the Interior Department.

“We’ll see who wants to get on the bandwagon,” he said.

At an Aug. 12 hearing in Angoon, Kookesh and the three others pleaded not guilty to one count of exceeding the subsistence salmon limit. A trial is set for Oct. 5.  For the full story on, click here.

Juneau Empire updates the story here as of October 11, 2009.

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Juneau Empire Letter to Editor

August 22nd, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

juneau_empire_picAugust, 18, 2009, the editor of, Morgan Howard sent a letter to the editor in response to a previous letter published.

This letter is in response to a “Letter to the editor” (August 11, 2009) by Gretchen Goldstein.

The author states, “Living in harmony with nature is not compatible with clear-cut logging” and “Unfortunately, the way they (Sealaska) make money often overrides their Native culture’s traditional values.”

Please do not insult Native people by simplifying our world into the black and white world of disaffected environmentalists. Why do anti-logging proponents think they feel the negative effects of logging more than Natives just because we’re the ones doing the logging? This assumption is a failure to understand the plight of Indigenous people.


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Tate London

July 25th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

“I am very proud to serve on the Sealaska Corporation Board of Directors. As a former scholarship recipient of Sealaska, I recognize the importance of gaining your education and trying to give something back to the Native community.”

Tate London was elected to the Sealaska Board of Directors in 2005. He serves on the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, the Elders’ Settlement Trust Board of Trustees and serves as a director for Sealaska Environmental Services, LLC. He is also an active Sealaska shareholder who has attended 15 of the last 17 Sealaska annual meetings prior to becoming a director, as well as many Celebrations over the years.

Tate is an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Washington. He also serves as the tribal liaison to the United States Attorney’s Office. He works with representatives from 26 tribes within his district on issues ranging from public safety to preserving the integrity of Indian gaming. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tate was a partner in the law firm Cairncross & Hempelmann in Seattle.

He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University, and his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School.

Tate is Tlingit, Raven/Dog Salmon, originally from Ketchikan, AK, and is the son of Sealaska shareholder, Ernie Boyd. He lives in Bothell, WA, with his wife, Debi, and their four children, Alyssa, Lacey, Kellen and Ellee.

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Sealaska Invests $1.5 Million in Silviculture Treatments in 2009

July 14th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

sealaska_logo_v9.gifJuneau, Alaska— Sealaska Corporation is investing $1.5 million in silviculture treatments on its lands
in Southeast, Alaska in 2009, creating over 40 jobs in rural communities.  Sealaska is the Native
regional corporation for Southeast and a large landowner in the region. The company’s natural
resources department has been providing management and forestry services, known as “silviculture”,
since 1993. CONTINUE »

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Controller / Finance Manager

May 11th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments


Kingston Environmental Services is seeking a Controller/Finance Manager in Kansas City, MO. This position will serve as a senior member of the management team, to assure accurate periodic production and analysis of company financial statements, leads improvements in financial processes, conducts financial operations analysis, provides support to management in decision making processes, and recommends strategies and tactics while proactively looking for ways to assist operations in achieving goals and objectives. This position will also work closely with Kingston’s Contract Management team covering a wide range of government contracting issues including: Indirect cost forecasts, structuring and analyzing records for compliance with FAR, analyzing systems and procedures for adequacy and compliance, developing policies and procedures, indirect cost audits, and external and internal audits. Work involves multiple deadlines, changing priorities and supervisory responsibilities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

–  Performing/overseeing all aspects of proper revenue recognition, accruals, EACs, A/R review and analysis, etc.);

–  Understanding and ensuring that business practices are in accordance with the Company’s policies and procedures, FAR, GAAP;

–  Ensuring timely and accurate financial compilation and reporting;

–  Analysis of business needs in the areas of job set up for new contract types (T&M, unit, cost plus)

–  Providing data and reporting formats for all types and levels of program and Operation reviews and preparing written and verbal reports to management regarding financial performance;

–  Expand cost pool processing;

–  Supervising financial staff and participating in company special projects.

–  Assist with the ongoing maintenance of the company’s Accounting system;

–  Other duties as assigned;

–  Duties may change from time to time at management’s discretion.

Highly desirable qualifications include:

–  Experience with Deltek Costpoint Accounting System

–  Experience with Cognos 8 reporting software

–  Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting or equivalent experience.

–  Minimum of 5 years related experience in Construction industry.

–  CPA or CMA desirable.

–  High level knowledge of GAAP, cost accounting, advanced accounting theory and principles.

–  Excellent general ledger skills in an automated environment

–  Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail, good analytical and problem solving skills, good verbal and written communication skills, and good organizational skills.

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May 8th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard 1 Comment

Sealaska has strengthened business with culture since 1972.  We are a Native Corporation owned by over 20,000 tribal member shareholders and guided by our traditions of environmental stewardship and positively impacting our communities.

We are legendary traders who are deeply connected to our lands and have successfully adapted to constantly changing environments and global economies. We bring together the wisdom and foresight of our combined heritage to create an enduring corporation that provides business opportunities, benefits and cultural strength for our people.

Today we are the largest private landowner and the largest for-profit private employer in Southeast Alaska.

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Joe Nelson appointed to Alaska State Senate (KTOO Radio Story)

April 10th, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

Joe Nelson KTOO journalist Rosemarie Alexander logs this story about Alaska Native Leader and Sealaska Board member Joe Nelson.  Please click on the “Joe Nelson Story” link below to play the story.  This audio was taken directly from the KTOO website.

Joe Nelson Story

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Sealaska and Central Council sign historic agreement

April 1st, 2009 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

Martin and McNeil signing agreement The following is directly from their press release:

Bill Martin, President of Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) and Chris E. McNeil, Jr., Sealaska President & CEO are pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on March 27, 2009 between Central Council and Sealaska. The MOU is a historic agreement and strengthens opportunities for shareholders and members of both Native organizations. The intent is to provide business opportunities that will meet mutual objectives, including exploring business partnerships and investment opportunities in the region.

“This is a challenging time for Southeast Alaska but there is potential for developing innovative and sustainable economies in Southeast,” stated McNeil. “Collaboration amongst these Native institutions represents a new model to discovering solutions that will strengthen our region and benefit tribal members and Sealaska tribal member shareholders.”

Sealaska and Central Council will work to identify and evaluate strategic plans then consider acquisition or startup of operating enterprises. The primary goals of the MOU are to:
Research new opportunities to  improve the economic conditions of and employment opportunities for the  Tribe’s members and Sealaska’s tribal member shareholders
Generate revenue for the Tribe and  Sealaska
Enhance the Tribe’s economic  self-sufficiency and self-determination
Increase benefits and employment  opportunities for tribal members and Sealaska tribal member  shareholders
Enhance Sealaska’s access to  contract opportunities

“During this struggling economy it is important that we obtain maximum funding for our region through the stimulus act,” said Martin. “I look forward to the Tribe working cooperatively with Sealaska to bring economic and employment opportunities to our tribal citizens and shareholders.”

Central Council and Sealaska will focus on U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) federal contracting and mentor/protégé programs, renewable energy projects, labor force training and deployment, tourism and community infrastructure development.

“The board of Directors, Sealaska management and our subsidiaries are working together to increase our economic activity in Southeast,” said Sealaska Director Tate London. “This MOU aligns well with that vision and is an important step that will build off the collective strength of Sealaska and Central Council,” said London.

Presidents Martin and McNeil’s vision is to jointly develop enhanced revenue for the Tribe and Sealaska through future partnerships. Sealaska and Central Council will initially focus on the opportunities available by passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package).

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MHP works on Sealaska Shareholder Information Fair

December 17th, 2008 Posted By: Morgan Howard No Comments

Morgan Howard Productions was pleased to play a small part in the success of the 2008 Sealaska Information Fair held in Juneau, Alaska on November 25th.  Please view photos here.

Sealaska Fair

Jason Fujioka works with a Sealaska Shareholder.  Fujioka is the Director of Diversity Sales and Marketing in the Office of Diversity Solutions.
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