Sealaska Endorses Senator Murkowski for Re-election
Southeast Alaska Native Corporation with over 23,000 Shareholders Sends Full Endorsement to Lisa Murkowski’s Re-Election Campaign
Last week, the Sealaska Board of Directors announced their endorsement for Lisa Murkowski’s re-election to the U.S. Senate. Sealaska rarely endorses candidates, choosing to support only those candidates who are closely aligned with Sealaska’s vision for Alaska and the interests of its 23,000 Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian shareholders.
Sealaska noted Murkowski’s proven leadership and history of emphatically advocating for Alaska Native people. Sealaska also highlighted Murkowski’s work on introducing Savanna’s Act, the Not Invisible Act, and battling the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. As the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski is a leader on Native issues and a strong voice for Alaska Natives in the Senate.
“We thank Sealaska for this incredible endorsement, and we appreciate their recognition of Lisa’s strong advocacy and leadership on Alaska Native issues,” said Shea Siegert, campaign spokesperson. “Lisa has a strong, demonstrated track record of advancing on Alaska Native issues in the Senate. From her senior position on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa leads on issues relating to preserving Native languages, addressing the crisis of violence that exists in too many Alaskan communities, and working to invest in infrastructure in communities across the state.”
“Sealaska is guided by Indigenous values first and foremost: responsible development, environmental sustainability and an outlook that extends many generations into the future,” said Sealaska board chair Joe Nelson. “We are at a pivotal moment on a variety of fronts. We need leadership – locally and in Washington – that reflects our values and understands our needs.”
Established in 1972, Sealaska is the Alaska Native regional corporation for Southeast Alaska. Its 23,000 shareholders are Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people with more than 10,000 years of ancestral ties to the oceans, forests and communities of Southeast Alaska.
Sealaska has 23,000 Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian shareholders who are deeply engaged in public policy issues impacting Alaska Natives–including their traditional values and cultures, way of life, economic opportunities, and land rights.