A Native American Heritage Month lecture series sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will focus on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and its impact. SHI President Rosita Worl pointed out that ANCSA was passed 40 years ago. “ANCSA is a very different creature than reservations,” Worl said. “I know Alaskans hear a lot about Native corporations but they might not always understand the history of ANCSA, or how corporations work.” She said Alaska settled its Native land claims by founding Native corporations, a complete departure from the way Native American tribes in the lower 48 settled land claims by forming reservations. Lectures will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the fourth floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza in Juneau. Participants are invited to bring lunch. Lectures are as follows:
- November 4—“ANCSA: Good or Bad?” with Byron Mallott, First Alaskan Institute Fellow;
- November 14—“The Interrelationships Between Tribes and Corporations” with Edward Thomas, president of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska;
- November 15—“Alaska Native Corporations and Cultural Models of Sustainability” with Thomas F. Thornton, senior research fellow, Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University;
- November 21—“The Legal Status of Alaska Native Corporations & Economic Self Determination” with Chris McNeil, president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation;
- November 28—“ANCSA: A Path to Assimilation or Cultural Survival” with Rosital Worl, SHI president.