Letter: Serving on Sealaska board shouldn't be a lifetime appointment

I applaud the Juneau Empire for taking a stand on the upcoming Sealaska election. I wrote a letter in 1999 about my frustration with ANCSA corporate activity in response to your “Between Worlds” series, and also commented on the failure of ANCSA in an Empire column I wrote (Southeast Tides) about nine years ago. There have been numerous other letters and commentaries by me and a host of “dissidents” over the years, all to no avail. The discretionary vote combined with the money Sealaska and other ANCSA corporate royalty spends each year continues to carry the day.

This year, though, may be the beginning of the end for the old guard, the board members who have maintained their positions in the name of “stability” and “commitment to our vision.” I sense a change coming. One by one, or two by two, the incumbents, many of whom have been on the board for decades, will lose their seats, even in the face of discretionary voting.

I applaud and support the Sealaska 4 and all the other independent candidates to the Sealaska Board of Directors. Fresh blood has been needed for many, many years. Though I consider many of the incumbent Sealaska board members friends and have respect for their intelligence and dedication, I do not believe they should have stayed on the board as though those seats were lifetime appointments. Different views and experiences are what corporations need to remain competitive. Sealaska has been a failure for too long and so it is hard to conclude anything other than radical change is needed.

Please support the Sealaska 4 and/or other independent candidates to the Sealaska board. Maybe history is written by the winners, but the final chapters have yet to be drafted.

Ted A. Wright

Sealaska shareholder

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