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McNeil, Chris E. | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Name: McNeil, Chris E.

Historical Note:

Chris E. McNeil, Jr., President and CEO of the Sealaska Corporation, is Tlingit and a member of the Nisga’a Nation. He is Eagle Daklaweidi (Killerwhale) House and his Tlingit name is Shaakakóoni. Chris has served as the president and CEO of Sealaska Corporation since 2001.

Originally from Juneau, he has worked for Sealaska since 1978, holding various positions, including two terms as executive vice president and general council and one term on the board of directors. Prior to joining Sealaska, Chris held numerous positions around the country, including Washington representative and counsel to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Connecticut, chairman of the Native American Rights Fund, director of American Indian Programs at Stanford University, director of Goldbelt, Inc., director of the American Indian National Bank, president of the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council, chairman of the Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority and second vice president of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska.

Chris earned a law degree from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Stanford University, and a Master’s in political science from Yale University.

Source: Sealaska Corporation online biography, Nov. 2007.

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