Recently a meeting was held in Ketchikan at 429 Deermount. It was at 3pm on April 23,2016 Once the board approves minutes or news from this meeting information will be posted.
Sealaska sends out OPTOUT Letters to their partial list of shareholders. See Story at http://www.sealaska.com/news/item/2015-09-02/attention-landless-sealaska-shareholders
Sealaska News on bill see at http://www.sealaska.com/news/item/2015-06-17/legislative-hearing-held-landless-communities-southeast-alaska
From Sealaska News, Murkowski, Sullivan introduce bill - see at http://www.sealaska.com/news/item/2015-03-27/murkowski-sullivan-introduce-landless-legisation
I have an update for my story. What I am about to tell you shows proof of error on someone's part.
So let me explain, I recently was apart of a meeting where the person(s) attempted to explain why I was left out? and it made sense until I compared with my parents. So I did what I normally do, I researched the information I obtained and found this information on my "mysealaska.com" site. Which pertains to how Sealaska see's Landless. See Definitions below and I will continue.
Village shareholders are those enrolled in a Southeast Alaska ANCSA Village Corporation. These are original
shares issued to Sealaska shareholders in 1971. Class A shares do not receive ANCSA Section 7(j) payments directly from Sealaska. Under ANCSA, Sealaska is required to make Section 7(j) payments
directly to each of the 10 Southeast Village Corporations. It’s up to the Village Corporations to decide how to use the ANCSA Section 7(j) payments.
Class A stock can be gifted or inherited, has voting privileges and receives distribution payments from the permanent fund and operations.
Class B (Urban Shareholders)
Urban Shareholder are those enrolled in a Southeast Alaska Urban Corporation, Goldbelt, Inc. (Juneau) or Shee
Atiká, Inc. (Sitka). Class B shareholders also include those who were living in Alaska at the time of enrollment in 1971 and were not part of a Village Corporation. Landless shareholders are
considered Urban Shareholders of Sealaska.
Class B stock can be gifted or inherited has voting privileges and receives distribution payments from the permanent fund and operations and ANSCA Section 7(j) payments.
Class C (At-Large Shareholders)
At-Large Shareholder are those who were living outside of Alaska at the time of enrollment in 1971 or who did
not enroll with Village or Urban Corporation.
Class C stock can be gifted or inherited and receives distribution payments from the permanent fund and operations and ANSCA Section 7(j) payments.
Class D (Descendant Stock)
These are new shares issued to eligible shareholder descendants who apply and are approved prior to each
distribution. Class D stock is Life Estate Stock, and will cease to exist upon the death.
Class D stock cannot be gifted or willed and has voting privileges. Class D stock receives dividend payments from the permanent fund and operations.
Class E (Elder Stock)
Class E stock is issued to original shareholders who reach age 65. Class E stock is not issued automatically
and require shareholders to returned the Opt-in card that they receive in the mail. Class E stock is Life Estate Stock and ceases to exist upon death.
Class E stock receives dividend payments from the permanent fund and operations.
Class L (Leftout Stock)
Leftout shareholders are those who were eligible to apply during the original ANSCA enrollment in 1971.
Class L stock cannot be gifted or willed and has voting privileges. Class L stock receives dividend payments from the permanent fund and operations.
OK Now to continue, My parents had moved South before I was born, before ANCSA as well. So when ANCSA came about they filed with them. My parents filed for themselves, my two older sisters and myself. Again I was born in 1970 before ANCSA
Now this brings us to my meeting and the recent information I was told. I was told (a direct quote will be coming once I get approval from my source) that in order to be a part of any of the 5 Landless Communities, you have to have Class B Stock in Sealaska. So I researched that comment and as you see above, Sealaska States such in their definition for class B Stock. I later informed my parents of this news, I then directed them to login to mysealaska.com so they can check their information.
Now this is where it gets interesting.
I have Class C Stock
My mother has Class B Stock
My father has Class C Stock
Needless to say this got frustrating and confusing for All of Us. After all we were all together in the same place, My parents filed for all of us at the same time. So with this information why do we all have different stock? Why does one parent have Class B and the other parent Class C? (OPINION) I can only conclude this. There are clerical errors at either the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) or Errors at Sealaska. This also shows that This needs to be straightened out, hopefully before any bill is passed. This not only effects me and others like me, that feel they should be apart of landless and on landless lists. This now starting to effect elders, both should be apart of landless but one is and one is not.
You can believe that if this is happening with me and my parents, that the odds are there are others out there that are in the same boat and they might not even know it.
I would like to tell you my story,
I was born in 1970, and I have two older sisters, I like my two older sisters and many other natives in Southeast Alaska am apart of the 5 Native Communities that were left out of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. I am also apart of Sealaska At Large Shareholder. I am active as I can be in the native community, I am a past president and current treasurer of ANB/ANS Camp 14. I am current Secretary for Landless Natives of Ketchikan, Alaska Inc. I am webmaster of ANB/ANS Camp 14, Grand Camp and this site of Landless Natives of Ketchikan. I am not a good native dancer and I am not a good native artists. I am learning Smalgyax. I try to make a difference where I can and hope others in my situation do not give up.
My two older sisters and I are not on any rolls (listings) of any of the 5 communities, although we should be. For some unknown reason we, like many others, were not included in the landless lists. I am the only board member of Landless Natives of Ketchikan that is not on the lists, so I feel I represent the minority of natives out there that were also not included for unknown reasons.
I try to be a man of action the best I can, if I am directed to do something, I try not to waste time and I get it done. Well when I found out I was not on the listings I was shocked and dismayed, so I took action.
The First thing I did was to contact Sealaska Shareholder Relations and got ahold of:
OSCE ROBERTSON | SEALASKA
SHAREHOLDER RELATIONS ASSOCIATE II email@example.com
After a small amount of Correspondence he informs me they have received the list from Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). So I contacted BIA and got ahold of a Donna Carrol who confirmed I am on the ANCSA Roll. She was also kind enough to give me the contact information of Jolene John who is the Tribal Operations Officer for BIA, Donna says she may know more about this.
So this brings me to now, the most recent action is I have contacted Sealaska Shareholder Relations with the information BIA gave me, in hopes they will contact BIA for a corrected and/or updated list. I as a board member am also working with the treasurer and president to contact BIA from the Landless Natives of Ketchikan, Alaska Inc. organization as well. It is important to included all those eligable and myself personally as well as the organization of Landless Natives of Ketchikan are working to get the most accurate and up to date information. PLEASE if you are in the same boat as me, don't give up. I am not giving up and will continue to work on this. So if you haven't already please go to our contact page to update your information with us. See if you are on the rolls or get onto a list of people that need to be on the rolls. Once any errors have been corrected you will be updated. Thank you fo rreading my story.
Below is the response I received from the BIA, using the form letter I sent, also below. The Landless Natives of KTN, unfortunately does not have a complete list from Sealaska. This letter below states I have original shares, and according to them should be on the Landless list, though I am not. This letter below is what I hope all that qualify to be on the rolls, and are not, get from the BIA.
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Landless Natives of Ketchikan, Inc.
PO Box 9162
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