Not all shareholders are Native

Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2005

In regards to Mr. Shane Wirtz letter on Oct. 4, I am an Alaska Native and have been a shareholder of Sealaska for 35 years. I am only a quarter Native, and if I were to stand in a room of "white people," you would never know the difference.

My point being, Mr. Wirtz seems to think that every shareholder in any Native corporation is Native. The truth is that there is a large number of shareholders that are white, black, Hispanic and others.

We have spouses and children that have no Native blood that have inherited shares from a departed family member or have been gifted shares from a family member for whatever reason.

Mr. Wirtz may rest easier knowing that other ethnic groups are also represented within these shareholders, and they bridge the gap between racism and reality.

Lastly, has Mr. Wirtz lived long enough in Juneau that he would consider himself a "native" of Juneau or Alaska?

Michael Strong


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