Sealaska community mourns the passing of Tlingit leader Byron Mallott
Friday, May 8, 2020

The sudden passing of Byron Mallott — Elder, leader, mentor and tireless advocate for indigenous people across the globe — is a devastating loss for our people and our communities. 

Byron brought a profound belief in fairness and inclusion to our communities, our corporation, our state and the world. As a business executive, public servant and elected leader, Byron fought every day for unity, equity and for a better life for all.

Byron leaves a legacy of leadership and deep love for Alaska and its people.

He helped shape Sealaska Corporation as a founding director, and he served as Sealaska’s president and chief executive officer. He held numerous elected positions at the local and state levels, including serving as lieutenant governor. He was the clan leader of the Kwaashk’i Kwáan of the Tlingit Raven/Humpback Salmon people in Yakutat. Byron’s Tlingit name is Dux̱ da neiḵ, K’oo del ta’ which means “a person who would lead us into the future.”

He was a tireless advocate for Alaska Natives and fought every day for our lands, our culture and our way of life.

Our thoughts are with Byron’s family, including our own CEO Anthony Mallott, as we all process this loss and consider ways to fully honor and recognize Byron’s many contributions.


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