SHI Native American Heritage Month lecture series continues

Sealaska Heritage Institute’s November lecture series continues on Monday with “The Interrelationships Between Tribes and Corporations,” led by Edward Thomas, president, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska. The talk begins at noon in the boardroom at Sealaska Plaza.


There will also be a lecture on Tuesday, at the same time and place. Tuesday’s topic is “Alaska Native Corporations and Cultural Models of Sustainability” with Thomas F. Thornton, senior research fellow, Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University.

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. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches.

Subsequent lecture topics are listed below.

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.

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

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.

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