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

Posted: June 25, 2014 - 11:00pm

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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Clarice Johnson
Clarice Johnson 06/27/14 - 10:51 am
Social Media has pulled back the curtain on Sealaska

For years, Sealaska has depended on our geographic isolation to present a one-sided version of our corporation. Sealaska has become adept at using cultural norms to try and silence anyone who speaks out.

Social media has allowed shareholders to connect in way that was never possible before. While Joe Davis may feel these groups are not representative, the largest group, Sealaska Shareholders , has 2,424 members. The official Sealaska facebook page has 3,879 likes and has been in existence much longer with a budget for advertising. The Sealaska facebook page was also the site of Board Member Edward Thomas's post in which he referred to another shareholder as a stupid coward. It seems that Sealaska board members are not above the type of behavior that upsets Joe Davis.

I am grateful that the Juneau Empire is publishing investigative pieces. In the past, many articles were Sealaska press releases. The shareholders deserve to know the truth about their corporation and the Juneau Empire's efforts are appreciated.

Brad Fluetsch
Brad Fluetsch 06/27/14 - 12:50 pm
Don't know you either Joe

I don't know a lot of people, I fail to understand your point.

As far as unsuccessful financial business, I am a Boutique Investment firm registered with the State of Alaska since 2004.

Joe, consider focusing your attention on Sealaska's problems, you can join one of several Shareholder Facebook pages, or even Sealaska's. Why don't you start suggesting some solutions to the crippling high cost of power in the Villages, or the astronomical high rate of unemployment? What investment ideas do you have for Sealaska that could possibly solve its spending problem, that creates vast sums of profits that it could actually use its NOLs (Net Operating Losses).

Speaking of answering questions, are you the Joe Davis that is a regular in the Juneau Empire police blotter? Come on, I answered your's now your turn.... Double dare ya....LOL

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