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SHI Native American Heritage Month lecture series begins Friday

Posted: November 3, 2011 - 12:02am

The first lecture in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s November noon lecture series will be held on Friday. “ANCSA: Good or Bad?” led by First Alaskan Institute FellowByron Mallott begins at noon in the boardroom at Sealaska Plaza.

The series, organized to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November, focuses on the impact of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, passed by Congress 40 years ago. The series was sponsored by McDowell Group and Kathy Ruddy of Juneau. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches.

All lectures will be held from 12-1 p.m. in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau.

Subsequent lecture topics are listed below.

Monday, Nov. 14: The Interrelationships Between Tribes and Corporations, with Edward Thomas, president, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska

Tuesday, Nov. 15: Alaska Native Corporations and Cultural Models of Sustainability with Thomas F. Thornton, senior research fellow, Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University

Monday, Nov. 21: The Legal Status of Alaska Native Corporations & Economic Self Determination with Chris McNeil, president and CEO, Sealaska Corporation

Monday, Nov. 28: ANCSA: A Path to Assimilation or Cultural Survival with Rosita Worl, president, Sealaska Heritage Institute

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians and Sealaska Corporation also will sponsor a noon luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to recognize the initial Sealaska Board of Directors and Emil Notti, Chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives when Alaska Natives were pursuing the settlement of their aboriginal land claims.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a regional nonprofit representing the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures.

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