Dallas Seavey, 26, was born in Virginia and
his family moved to Seward when he was five.
He is a third generation musher who grew up
helping his dad, Mitch, the 2004/2013 Iditarod
champion, train his racing teams. He ran the
Jr. Iditarod four times and in 2005, Dallas
became the youngest musher in history to run
the Iditarod. He also wrestled for Sky View
High School and spent one year training at the
U.S. Olympic Training Center. He is a High
School State Champion, a Jr. National
Champion, and was on the 2005 Jr. World team.
In 2009, he and his family moved to Willow to
“train our Iditarod team.” Dallas’ current
occupation is training and racing sled dogs.
In 2011, he won the Yukon Quest and in 2012,
he became the youngest Iditarod champion in
its history. He is one of four mushers ever to
hold a championship in both the Yukon Quest
and the Iditarod. Dallas and his wife, Jen,
also an Iditarod veteran, are the parents of
three year old Annie. Dallas is a member of
USA Wrestling and the IOFC. He says he enjoys
hunting, camping and fishing.
State Flower, Bird, Tree and Sport
flower, adopted by the Territorial Legislature in 1917, is the wild Forget-Me-Not. The
plant can be found in most areas across the state.
bird is the Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus alascensis Swarth). Adopted by the
Territorial Legislature in 1955, the Willow Ptarmigan is a small arctic grouse that lives
on open tundra in boggy areas.
tree is the Sitka Spruce. This evergreen is abundant throughout the southeastern and
central regions of Alaska, and was adopted in 1962
sport is dog mushing. Adopted by the Alaska Legislature in 1972, dogsledding once was the
primary form of transportation in most of Alaska. Today dog sled racing is a popular
The state song is "Alaska's
Flag", written by Marie Drake, and set to music by Elinor Dusenbury:
Eight stars of gold on a field of
Alaska's Flag, may it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes and the flower's nearby,
The gold of the early sourdough dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams,
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The Bear, the Dipper, and shining high,
The great North star with its steady light.
O'er land and sea a beacon bright,
Alaska's Flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.
The State Seal was created in 1910 by an
"unnamed draftsman." Alaska's State Seal
In 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States, and for nearly fifty years the region
was known as the District of Alaska. While Alaska was still a district, the first governor
designated a seal of the district. This seal featured icebergs, northern lights, igloos
and an Eskimo ice fishing. In 1910, this seal was replaced with a design more
representative of the state's industrial and natural wealth. Today, this seal, created by
an "unnamed draftsman," is the state seal of Alaska. The rays above the
mountains represent the famous Alaskan northern lights. The smelter symbolizes mining, the
train stands for Alaska's railroads, and ships denote transportation by sea. The trees
pictured in the seal symbolize Alaska's wealth of timber, and the farmer, his horse, and
the three shocks of wheat stand for Alaskan agriculture. The fish and the seals signify
the importance of fishing and seal rookeries to Alaska's economy. The state seal of Alaska
is a fine representation of the vast wealth of the forty-ninth state.
Conditions for Use of the State
Seal from Alaska Statutes:
Chapter 44.09. STATE SEAL
Sec. 44.09.010. State seal.
The official seal of the State of Alaska is comprised of
two concentric circles between which appear the words "The Seal of the State of
Alaska" and within the inner circle is the design of the seal corresponding to the
representation in this section.
Sec. 44.09.015. Use of seal without permission prohibited.
(a) A person may not use or make a die or impression of the
state seal for any advertising or commercial purpose, unless written permission has first
been obtained from the lieutenant governor.
(b) Violation of this section is a misdemeanor, and upon
conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than $500, or by imprisonment for not more
than six months, or by both.
Revisers Notes - Formerly AS 11.60.225. Renumbered in 1978.
The state motto is: North to the future.
The state gem is jade. Alaska has a large deposit of
jade, including a big mountain filled with dark green jade on the Seward Peninsula.
The state mineral is gold. This mineral plays a
large part in Alaska's history, from its discovery in Juneau in 1880 to the great gold
rush at Nome in the first part of this century. Gold was named the state mineral in 1968.
The state insect is the four-spot skimmer dragonfly.
flag was designed by 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Chignik, Alaska, in 1926. The blue
field is for the sky and the Forget-Me-Not, the state flower. The North Star is for the
future of the state of Alaska, the most northerly of the Union. The dipper is for the
Great Bear - symbolizing strength.
Every four years Alaskans elect a Governor and a Lieutenant
Governor to four-year terms.
Alaska's Constitution was adopted in 1956, and became
effective in 1959, when the state was admitted to the union as the 49th state.
Alaska's U.S. Congressional Delegation is made up of two
Senator Mark Begichand
Murkowski, who serve six-year terms of office, and one representative,
Young, who serves a two-year term of office.
At 586,400 square miles, Alaska is the U.S.'s largest
state, over twice the size of Texas.
North to South, Alaska is 1,400 miles long.
East to West, it is 2,700 miles wide.
Relative size of Alaska compared to the continental United States
The state's coastline extends over 47,000 miles.
The 3.5 million acres of the Alaska State Park System constitutes the largest park system
in the United States.
The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States. It covers
almost the whole of Southeast Alaska.
17 of the 20 highest peaks in the U.S. are located in Alaska.
Called Denali by the natives and later named Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska's interior,
is the highest point in North America, at 20,320 feet above sea level.
Alaska's climate is variable, due to the state's large
size. The southeastern and southcentral coasts are wet and mild, the interior is cool and
dry, and the northern region experiences very cold, dry weather.
The record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degrees
Fahrenheit at Fort Yukon in 1915. The record low temperature was -80 degrees Fahrenheit at
Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.
Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741, when Danish
explorer Vitus Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
The first settlement in Alaska was established by Russian
whalers and fur traders on Kodiak Island in 1784.
After expanding their reach all the way to Sitka, war broke
out in Europe in the 1820's, and the Russians began to lose interest in Alaska.
In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward offered
Russia $7,200,000, or two cents per acre, for Alaska.
On October 18, 1867, Alaska officially became the property
of the United States, to the chagrin of many Americans, who called the purchase
Joe Juneau's 1880 discovery of gold ushered in the gold
rush era. Thousands of people flocked to Alaska, seeking their fortune in the wild
After the gold rush clamor subsided and while the country
battled a depression, most of the nation forgot about the territory thousands of miles to
When America declared war on Japan in 1941, Alaska's
strategic position became apparent, and Americans once again perceived "Seward's
Folly" to be an asset.
In 1943, Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands which started
the "One Thousand Mile War," the first battle fought on American soil since the
In 1958, Congress finally approved the Alaska Statehood
Act, and Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
Today, Alaska is prized for its natural beauty and its vast
supply of natural resources.
By far, Alaska's most important revenue source is the oil
and natural gas industry, about 90% of the state's revenues.
Alaska accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United
Located near Prudhoe Bay, on the northern Alaskan coast, is
North America's largest oil field. Every day, millions of gallons of oil are removed from
Prudhoe Bay and pumped through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The pipeline, maintained by Alyeska
Pipeline Service Company, snakes its way from Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's
northern coast to the southcentral port of Valdez where the oil is pumped into tankers.
One of the largest pipeline systems in the world, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline moves up to
88,000 barrels of oil per hour on its 800 mile journey to Valdez.
The state's vast amount of oil revenues are invested in the
Alaska Permanent Fund, an inviolate trust belonging to the people of Alaska. The fund,
managed by thePermanent Fund Corporation, was established in
1976 to generate perpetual revenues from non-renewable sources for present and future
generations of Alaskans.
The seafood processing and fishing industries
are also important to Alaska. The fishing and seafood industry is the state's largest
private industry employer. Alaska's waters are rich in seafood. Most of America's salmon,
crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.
Forestry is important to Alaska's economy, especially that
of the southeastern region. The timber industry, though currently undergoing much reform,
provides thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to Southeast
Hard rock minerals are one of Alaska's most important
undeveloped natural resources, including coal, gold, silver, copper, and many others.
According to the Alaska Miners Association, "Alaska now
provides the greatest opportunity for minerals exploration and development in all of North
The term Alaska Native, referring to Alaska's original
inhabitants, includes Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups who differ from each other in ethnic
origin, language and culture. In 1996, Alaska Natives constituted 16.5% of the state's
In 1971 the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was
passed by U.S. Congress. Alaska Natives received 44 million acres of land and $962.5
million, in exchange for the extinguishment of their aboriginal land claims. The cash and
lands became the property of the 13 regional, 4 urban, and over 200 village Native
corporations formed by the Act. Any Native Alaskan born before passage of the Act who
could prove one-quarter blood Native ancestry, was eligible to enroll in a local and
regional corporation, entitling him or her to 100 shares in both corporations.