One of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the country has threatened to terminate employees if they decline to get the experimental COVID-19 shots.

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) issued a warning to employees stating that mandatory COVID shots are now required for all workers, students, volunteers, contractors and external providers. There are very limited exceptions for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, those with specific documented health risks and people with documented and approved religious objections. The policy took effect May 24.

The company mandate is the latest in a string of Alaska-based entities that have coerced employees with termination if they refuse the experimental COVID injection. Earlier this month the tribally owned Norton Sound Health Corporation puts 700 employees on notice that they are required to submit to a COVID shot as a condition of employment. Similarly, employees of the Bering Straits Native Corporation, including those who work for its many subsidiary companies across Alaska, must get a COVID injection by Aug. 1.

The SEARHC policy requires all employees to offer proof of vaccination, which will become part of their employee health records. Contractors, volunteers and students must present similar documentation.

“Employees choosing not to be vaccinated or who have not received an approved exception form by the designated date will be considered as ‘voluntarily separated’ from employment with SEARHC,” the company notice warns. “Any person covered by this policy who fails to comply with the vaccination requirement or the exception process will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.”

Those seeking an approved exemption will have their case reviewed by an inhouse team that includes the medical director and chief medical officer of SEARHC.

A non-profit health consortium, SEARHC provides health services to residents across Southeast Alaska. Established in 1975 under the Indian Self-Determination Act, SEARHC runs Ethel Lund Medical Center and Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as well as nearly 60 clinics throughout the region. It is governed by a 15-member board of directors.

While a growing number of businesses are now coercing employees into taking COVID injections, they may be on thin legal ice since all COVID vaccines are still unapproved by the FDA and only authorized for Emergency Use Authorization. EUA products are by definition experimental and therefore people have a right to decline them, according to federal law. Lawsuits are already underway challenging mandatory vaccines for COVID. No court has ever upheld a mandate for an EUA vaccine.


  • Contact SEARHC President and CEO Charles Clement at (907)463-4060 or
  • Contact the SEARHC corporate office 907.463.4000

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Third Alaska Native organization threatens to fire employees who decline COVID shots

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ross Perrine says:

    What’s a few million dollars lost to Class Action Lawsuits from this Unconstitutional Mandate, when the Native Corporations have bigger fish to fry and are salivating over their share of the $8 Billion Dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, from the Federal Government.

  • Jordan says:

    They want to force this on their employees since the public at large does not want to become inured by an experimental injection while also giving up their bodily autonomy, to a corps-oration.
    -I hope the Sheep in there wake up and quit, instead of enabling their COERCION.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    The Governor has the power to ban mandiatory vaccine as they did in Florida. States rights are more powerful than any other rights and protect the individual from this bullying and coercion. All of us need to contact our Governor and urge him to put a stop to this violation of civil rights.

    • Lobo says:

      I have written the governor, and his public relations/press office.. No response 3 days later.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    It’s a violation of the privacy act of 1974 and of the 4th amendment. Sue the shit out of them for discriminating!

  • Jmk says:

    It is against federal law to require an “experiemental” drug. has all the info with the statute numbers.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Ok Sheep, go to the edge of the cliff now, and Jump one by one

  • G Aleution says:

    This is going to be costly for them. A high price. They have information and yet are taking a wrong decision. Sad.

  • J Scott says:

    Who would’ve thought native corporations would emulate historic oppressive regimes, pandering to feigned fear as well as the frightened gerbils that everyone around must surrender their rights to coddle

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Another “squish” moment by the neocon governor.
    We need someone like Gov DeSantis in Florida.
    My body, my choice, right? Or does that only count when you want to murder an unborn baby?

  • G Aleution says:

    Lobo did you get a clerk typist when you called? There should be process. what is it? Governor please explain the process. I know what it used to be before modern days. Is it the “same”? I wondèr. State clerk-typists are nice message takers and typists but typically they aren’t understanding of complex ($) issues. That’s why we have the helpers +$). What do they do? Gup to Anncreeeeech with messages or g’doowntojuno with orders? How does this help? Please give an example. btw “Help”.

    • Wardad says:

      Calling is the best way, they do check messages daily and will pass them on, emails seem to be slipped into a hole somewhere.

  • Karen Ottenbreit says:

    Congratulations AK Native Corporations… you have officially become (a) greedy tyrannical entity (ies) like the US Government was to indigenous peoples ages ago! Funny, how history comes full circle.

  • Concerned mom of three says:

    Alaska native corporations taking billions in funding in exchange to force experimental vaccines on their own people, sickening.

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    The progression is clear: Mask of the Beast then Injection of the Beast and finally the Mark of the Beast. If you didn’t say no to the Mask and won’t say no to the Injection you WILL TAKE THE MARK when the time comes.

  • Matthew says:

    Why doesn’t everyone just not get it, and if they fire you – guess what just happened – free year of pay at minimum

    • JANE ALASKA says:

      As if we don’t have enough trouble keeping qualified professionals in rural Alaskan healthcare…

  • NAV says:

    Time you make the unions fight for you

  • Mo says:

    If you work there and are considering the “vax” at least do your research first. There is a ton of information literally at your fingertips and of course a lot of misinformation as well, its up to you to sort through it and make a informed decision instead of relying upon TV/Radio advertising and political hyperbole. I will say, under no circumstances should anyone be forced or coerced into injection of a untested substance, read that again, I said untested substance. Good luck.

    • Michael S Totten says:

      Oh it’s been tested on humans and has already killed a bunch of them and yet instead of rejecting it they continue to line up and beg for their jab. In spite of all the videos from doctors who have now been censored and many health care workers who have outright written columns and shared confessions about it and people still line up and beg for that jab. I say let them get what they deserve. Because rightfully they do deserve what they get at this point. I would rather go live in a tent city in austin and beg for food and raid food stores with the criminals than take this jab. But that’s just me

      • JinAk says:

        Michael S Totten, I’ll join you in tent city. I’ve pretty much said those same words.

  • Johnny M Furlong says:

    The ones making these demands are nit scientifically driven. I would recommend the employees band together and file a lawsuit.

    To be demanded to inject an EUV or lose your job is not based on science, law, or ethics.

    I give any employer demanding this, a big ole middle finger!


    Whatever happened to “My Body, My Choice”?

  • NAV says:

    It’s called transfer of liability and informed consent if you want to take native corporations down join together get a lawyer and I will bring in a private investigator who will show you how to make union fight for you.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    4,000 people have died from the experimental vaccine. A vaccine is supposed to be pulled if 50 people die from it. In Houston, Texas over 100 people employees for a hospital are suing the hospital for a mandatory requirement of the vaccine or a firing of the employee. The Nuremburg code sited by one of the responders to ALaska Watchman states that humans cannot be forced to be experimented on as guinea pig as was happening during the Nazi occupation of Germany.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Additionally, over 10,000 people who have had the vaccine have had the COVID-19 infection again. This is AFTER being vaccinated.

  • Joseph Fernandez says:
    Click I agree tab at bottom of page then
    Vaers data search tab
    1 group results by: scroll down to vaers id then click adverse event description
    2 symptoms all
    3 vaccine products: scroll down to covid19 then all manufacturers all doses
    4 state territory: the United States
    5 event category: death leave all other choices all
    6 leave alone
    7 date report completed: Dec 2020 until Mar 2021
    8 date report recieved same as 7
    9, 10, 11 leave alone
    12 other options: check show totals
    Click send. Keep in mind that Vaers system captures less than 1% of actual total events. Read the reports and make your own decision!
    May 23 11:56pm

  • NAV says:

    Unite and force union to fight for you don’t know how drop me a line!!! Transfer of liability and informed consent ring a bell?

  • Les Bovee says:

    Apparently communism is alive and well in Alaska’s native corporations.
    There is no freedom to choose what chemicals are injected into your own body. So sad to see.