Tlingit Culture Specialist Honored for Work in the Juneau School District
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Tlingit cultural icon David Katzeek was honored by the Juneau School District Board of Education and issued a legislative citation from the 31st Alaska State Legislature.
Representative Andi Story (District 34) presented Katzeek with the legislative citation. Story says members of the Alaska State Legislature commend Katzeek on his dedication to the revival of Tlingit language and culture, for bringing relief and healing to many while enhancing Alaska’s cultural understanding and appreciation.
Highlights from Legislative Citation
- David Katzeek has been a Tlingit clan leader since 1972.
- He was the first president of Sealaska Heritage Foundation.
- He has served as a traditional scholar for Sealaska Heritage Institute for nearly two decades.
- With others he helped implement the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
- He worked with others to establish the first Celebration organized in 1982.
- He has been an advocate of legislative changes.
- He has provided guidance to many individuals to increase cultural identity and language instruction programs.
- He is a respected speaker and culture bearer.
- As a Tlingit leader he has educated teachers, support staff, administrators, community and school board members on the rich history and culture of Alaska.
- He bases his teachings on ancient Native values and Tlingit worldview.
- He passionately teaches how traditional ways of knowing about this land, language and place benefit all children, their family and community.
- He is known for identifying children as precious people of the earth.
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this acknowledgement,” said Sealaska Board Chair Joe Nelson. “David has very generously shared his charm and wisdom with countless people from every age and background over the years. He considers himself to be merely a messenger, but he is so much more. It’s out of our respect for David and many other elders and leaders who are working to revitalize our language that the Sealaska board stood up a new language endowment to support their efforts.”
Juneau Board of Education President Brian Holst says the district is fortunate to have a master teacher who is a clan leader, a mentor, a teacher of teachers, administrators and students. “David Katzeek has helped to envision and support Tlingit culture language literacy programs along with the Indian Studies Program,” said Holst. “Through his status as a contractor with Douglas Indian Association, Goldbelt Heritage and Sealaska Heritage Institute, he has contributed to the development of the K-12 social studies curriculum framework, K-12 math, science and art curriculum, given time to the Tlingit language restoration task force policy and workplan, and support in the naming of the Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School and its meaning, Yadaa.at Kalé (Juneau-Douglas High School) and Sayéik: Gastineau Community School. His numerous contributions are measured in how positively we value the worth of all children.”
Katzeek was recognized at a community event on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. At the event he said, “As I look into your faces this evening, my spirit is encouraged, and my heart is full of joy because of the ways that this body has embraced another people’s way of life. For any human to be accepted and to be acknowledged, to be recognized regardless of their state in life, is a very grand gesture to any human being. This is the same way our ancestors believed.”
Katzeek graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School. He recalled many teachers who helped him feel confident as a Native student. “I wish teacher Jean Harlow was standing next to me or the others who acknowledged me when I was walking up and down the hallways of this school. I will always remember one conversation with Ms. Harlow. We were discussing Shakespeare. I told Ms. Harlow that I have heard speeches that are as good as Shakespeare. Her response and words, “And don’t you ever forget it,” I carried throughout my college years and beyond.”
David Katzeek is Chilkat Eagle Tlingit of the Shangukeidí Clan. His Tlingit name is Kingeistí.
The Sealaska Board of Directors elevated shareholder Jason Gubatayao to the position of general manager of Haa Aaní, Sealaska’s land-management company, when it met Jan. 20-21. The board also decided to continue holding most Sealaska meetings virtually while pandemic circumstances remain uncertain—including the annual meeting of shareholders on June 25. Haa Aaní is responsible for Sealaska’s land holdings in Southeast Alaska, including many …
Shareholder Opportunities Event: Free Training, Scholarship Info and More for STEM and Technical Career FieldsPosted 1/27/2022
A virtual event for shareholders and descendants on Wednesday, Jan. 26 highlighted several immediate, jobs-ready educational and training opportunities for shareholders at low or no cost. “We’re excited to be providing a wide range of career and training opportunities that align with the lifestyles and preferences of our shareholders,” said Sealaska President and CEO Anthony …
Sealaska shareholders will be able to view and download their IRS Form 1099-DIV for 2021 beginning Monday, Jan. 24. View and download 1099 form on MySealaska.com Monday, Jan. 24 Printed 1099 tax forms will be mailed on or before Jan. 26. Q: Why am I getting a 1099? I thought my distributions were tax free …
Every two years, Sealaska conducts a shareholder survey to identify your priorities. Those priorities are the road map to our public policy work and help guide the shareholder benefits we are grateful to be able to provide through the success of our businesses. In 2021, Sealaska’s board and executive leadership launched what will be a …
As we welcome 2022, we at Sealaska have much to be grateful for. We end the year safe and successful, despite facing continued challenges and disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sealaska continues to prioritize the health of our employees and deeply appreciates their tireless efforts to maintain COVID precautions while working to achieve business growth and enhance shareholder benefits. We also give thanks to our …