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  • Dana Leask-Ruaro

    How can Sealaska represent that this $50,000 independent expenditure is in support
    of “Byron Mallott’s efforts to work tirelessly on Alaska Native issues” when
    the Political Action Committee that this money was donated to (Mallott-One
    Alaska) used these funds for an anti-Parnell campaign? How can Sealaska claim
    that this “demonstrates their commitment to ensuring issues for the long-term
    success of Alaska are being addressed”? Has Sealaska forgotten about the 7 million dollars appropriated to Sealaska Heritage for the Walter Soboleff Center under this
    administration?

    I identified millions of dollars of appropriations funded for Southeast Alaskan
    Native Tribes and Tribal programs since 2011, including the following:

    $7,000,000 dollars to the Walter Sobeloff Cultural Center

    Funding renovations to the ANB hall in Sitka

    $3,500,000 for the Klukwan – Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center and Bald Eagle
    Observatory,

    $800,000 for the Wrangell Cooperative Association – Chief Shakes House Restoration and carving shed. The Governor to work on the repatriation of the Clan hat that had been held in trust with the Alaska State Museum. Prior to the ceremony there was not enough housing for the ku.éex’, so the State of Alaska sent an Alaska Marine Highway ferry over so our Tribal members would have a place to stay.

    $500,000 for Tlingit – Haida Regional Housing Authority – Kake and Angoon Alternative Energy/Biomass Heating,

    $25,000 Angoon ANB Hall Wood fire Boiler.

    $135,000 Yakutat ANB hall renovations and energy repair.

    $2,650,000 for Metlakatla Indian Community – Design and Construction of Chum Hatchery and the Annette Island Packing Co., 3.5 million for the Ketchikan Indian Community – Southern Southeast Alaska Vocational Training School program,

    $195,000 for Tlingit & Haida Community Council – Replace Roof.

    This does not include the $35 million dollars that was just funded for the Alaska
    Native Tribal Health Consortium to design and construct a residential housing
    facility.

    Under this administration the “village public safety officer program”
    (VPSO) has been increased by 100%.

    I understand Sealaska’s concerns about losing Native representation within the
    state of Alaska. However, we don’t need to start over with Mallott. Parnell has a great track record of supporting Native issues.

    As a shareholder, I’m disappointed to see our Corporation deploy shareholder funds
    for activities that are best left to the individual shareholder.

    This donation of $50,000 is allott of money to our shareholders. Ballots were mailed
    out a few months ago, why did we not get to vote on such an expenditure. I am a
    Sealaska Shareholder and I support Parnell.

    https://aws.state.ak.us/ApocReports/IndependentExpenditures/View.aspx?ID=675

  • Dana Leask-Ruaro

    How can Sealaska represent that this $50,000
    independent expenditure is in support of “Byron Mallott’s efforts to
    work tirelessly on Alaska Native issues” when the Political Action
    Committee that this money was donated to (Mallott-One Alaska) used these funds for an anti-Parnell campaign?

    I was at my cousin Donnie’s totem pole raising in May of 2013 when
    Governor Parnell was adopted by Joe Williams into the Killer Whale clan
    from Saxman. I seen how truly touched he was. It is hard for me because I
    have heard so many tirbal members state the Governor is not supporting
    the native community. Because of this, I did some research. I
    identified millions of dollars of appropriations funded for Southeast
    Alaskan Native Tribes and Tribal programs since 2011, including the
    following under the Parrnell administration:

    $7,000,000 dollars to the Walter Sobeloff Cultural Center

    Funding renovations to the ANB hall in Sitka

    $3,500,000 for the Klukwan – Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center and Bald Eagle Observatory,

    $800,000 for the Wrangell Cooperative Association – Chief Shakes House
    Restoration and carving shed. My husband was encouraged by the Governor
    to work on the repatriation of the Clan hat that had been held in trust
    with the Alaska State Museum. Prior to the ceremony there was not enough
    housing for the ku.éex’, so the State of Alaska sent an Alaska Marine
    Highway ferry over so our Tribal members would have a place to stay.

    $500,000 for Tlingit – Haida Regional Housing Authority – Kake and Angoon Alternative Energy/Biomass Heating,

    $25,000 Angoon ANB Hall Wood fire Boiler.

    $135,000 Yakutat ANB hall renovations and energy repair.

    $2,650,000 for Metlakatla Indian Community – Design and Construction of
    Chum Hatchery and the Annette Island Packing Co., 3.5 million for the
    Ketchikan Indian Community – Southern Southeast Alaska Vocational
    Training School program,

    $195,000 for Tlingit & Haida Community Council – Replace Roof.

    This does not include the $35 million dollars that was just funded for
    the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to design and construct a
    residential housing facility.

    Under this administration the “village public safety officer program” (VPSO) has been increased by 100%.

    I understand Sealaska’s concerns about losing Native representation
    within the state of Alaska. But, as shareholder, I’m disappointed to see
    our Corporation deploy shareholder funds for activities that are best
    left to the individual shareholder.

    This donation of $50,000 is
    allott of money to our shareholders. Ballots were mailed out a few
    months ago, why did we not get to vote on such an expenditure? I am a
    Sealaska Shareholder and I support Parnell.

    https://aws.state.ak.us/ApocReports/IndependentExpenditures/View.aspx?ID=675