Will Sealaska get black gold feast?

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2008

I am a Tlingit from Yakutat, and I have been working at the Prudhoe Bay Oil field for 29 years. In all of my years of working in the oil field business, I have noticed Native corporations working the oil fields in support services.

Just to name a few, DOYON, NANA and CIRI have formed partnerships with other businesses - to earn multimillions for their shareholders' future. But, in all of these years of working the oil fields, I have never noticed the presence of Sealaska Corp.

Alaska's oil and gas fields are the major source of the state's financial income. Even as I write this letter, the state of Alaska is meeting in a special session to discuss the business of building a multibillion dollar Alaska gas pipeline. I cannot help but wonder, will my Sealaska miss out on business participation with Alaska's multibillion dollar gas pipeline? Will my Sealaska ever come to the black gold feast?

Bert Bremner

Wasilla



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