At Sealaska, We All Want to Help Our Communities
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Bill Bennett keeps a bentwood box in his office containing dozens of handwritten thank you notes. He also displays many of the notes on his office wall.

Thank you notes hang in Bill Bennett’s office, Klawock, Alaska

Bennett is the general manager for Alaska Coastal Aggregates, a Sealaska subsidiary. He also manages the Sealaska Carving and Bark Program.

The team — Frank Peratrovich, Gary Mills and Bill Bennett — take great pride in the work to make the program possible. Last year was the first year the program donated red and yellow cedar bark materials that reached groups dedicated to teaching traditional weaving.

Bill Bennett, Frank Peratrovich and Gary Mills prepare materials to be sent to Southeast tribes, April 2020

With Alaska residents under a state-issued social distancing mandate, the Sealaska Carving and Bark Program team wants to give back in some small way and support stay-at-home activities. They reached out to all Southeast tribes offering a bundle of paddles and cedar bark, if requested at no cost to each community.

Gary Mills and Frank Peratrovich deliver materials to entities on Prince of Wales Island, April 2020​

The response was immediate and materials are being delivered to nearly a dozen tribes throughout southeast. Bennett says the response included words of gratitude and excitement. “This gives me and the team great pride and inspiration to be a small part of a larger regional effort,” said Bennett. “We stand next to organizations like Tlingit & Haida, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and Southeast tribes that are supporting cultural activities in our communities.”

If your tribe is interested in receiving a bundle of small dance paddles, please email bill.bennett@sealaska.com. Bundles will be delivered at no cost.

Learn more about the Sealaska Carving and Bark Program efforts in this video.


Latest News

Sealaska Partners with AWARE

Posted 10/14/2021

#NativeEnough Discussion Series Shares Shareholder Perspectives on Blood Quantum

Posted 10/13/2021

UK Retailers Recognize New England Seafood’s Sustainability Practices with Prestigious MSC Award

Posted 10/12/2021

Q&A on Sealaska’s CARES Act Distribution in Partnership with Tlingit & Haida

Posted 10/5/2021

CARES Act Application Update – 11:10 a.m. Alaska Time

Posted 10/4/2021

Sealaska Refines Ocean-Based Foods Portfolio to Focus on Consumer-Centric, Chilled Seafood

Posted 10/1/2021

Sealaska to Partner with Tlingit & Haida to Distribute CARES Act Funds

Posted 9/30/2021

Sealaska Marks National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools with Juneau Event

Posted 9/29/2021

ICYMI Watch | Tlatsini Journey of the Taku Kwan

Posted 9/28/2021

#SealaskaWayOfLife Photo Contest Winners Announced

Posted 9/24/2021

Sealaska Joins Partners in Announcing New Funding Source for Community Economic Development in Southeast

Posted 9/16/2021

Sealaska Shareholder Retires After 23-Year Law Enforcement Career in Alaska

Posted 9/1/2021

Sealaska’s $4.2 Million CARES Act Allocation: Part of a Larger Pool of Funding to Benefit Southeast Alaska Natives

Posted 8/31/2021

Land Management Training for Youth

Posted 8/23/2021

Sealaska Mourns the Loss of Xaad kíl Birth Speaker Jane Kristovich (K’ujúuhl)

Posted 8/20/2021