Sealaska Director Clarence Jackson Sr. Honored Posthumously
City & Borough of Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford issues proclamation
Clarence Jackson Sr. signed the articles of incorporation for Sealaska in 1972. Until his death in January 2013, Jackson guided the 13-member board through five decades on Native protocols, delivered speeches in Tlingit, and used storytelling as a means of communication. In his capacity as a traditional leader, his efforts touched the lives of many people across the region and beyond.
On Monday, April 1, 2013, City and Borough of Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford honored Jackson posthumously with a mayoral proclamation. Sanford stated, “Clarence was known for his vast knowledge of the Tlingit language, history and culture, and on behalf of the City and Borough Assembly do hereby recognize and celebrate, in memoriam, an exceptional Elder of Southeast Alaska.”
“Thank you Mayor Sanford for the recognition of our father,” said Jeff Jackson. “Juneau was his second home and the community always welcomed him with open arms. My family appreciates the continued comforting words or acts such as this proclamation for my dad's legacy of invaluable service to communities in the region. Each recognition warms our hearts and we thank you.”
Jackson’s nephew, Todd Antioquia, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the family.
On February 1, 2013 at a regular Sealaska board meeting, Sealaska leadership honored Jackson, who was referred to as a giant among Southeast Alaska Natives. He was named the first Director Emeritus for the Sealaska board of directors.
Sealaska, Values In Action
Sealaska has strengthened business with culture since 1972. We are a Native institution owned by more than 21,000 tribal member shareholders whose core cultural values guide all that Sealaska does and represent the rich heritage of our Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. We live our values to build excellence in our Native enterprise and take action towards our purpose: to strengthen our people, culture and homelands.