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Growing Pains of Change
By Steven G. Booth


February 10, 2008
Sunday PM

In dealing with the affairs of tribal government, there should never be a reason to be threatening or rude. We all have our differences and our own opinions and goals for the future of our community, and that is the beauty of the democratic system. If anyone has to use underhanded tactics, threats, disrespect, illegal activities and promoting hate to achieve their goals, then in these things what you sow is what you will reap. The goals are or should be a common ones, and that is to understanding how to combine our culture with the success of economic development, to bring organizational structure, loyalty and employee development, and to develop the MIC of the future into a community that is outstanding and accountable to all its members. These things should be common goals for us, and the means to achieving these goals are to allow our differences and make debate and compromise our strength. There is no place for the common good of our community to have threatening or disrespect for our brothers and sisters who are all in this together. We are a proud people who will show the world our resolve and unity in our community. For the people who express their hate and not their debate, we as a community shall say "we do not know you and away from us you evil doer".

We make mistakes; we stumble and we may fall and when we do we need to pick each other up and learn from our mistakes or we may fall again. The actions of this council in not giving Mayor John Scudero the opportunity, as a citizen of our community, the rights of a person given under our very own constitution, an explanation, an employee evaluation, or as little as a goal for his performance, is a dereliction of council duty, and a deliberate act of disrespect. , In the face of this dereliction and disrespect, your alleged good intentions and justification for the betterment of the community are hollow rationalizations. Believe it or not there are good and professionally respectful methods for bringing about a change. The Mayor of Metlakatla was elected by the voters of this community and it is a slap in the face of democracy that twelve members have the ability to undo what the electorate has done. The tactics of this council are not how we would want to be represented as a people, and this action by the council is viewed as gross misconduct. We will learn from our mistakes. We will move on and things will change.

Growing pains and mistakes are a part of growing up and there comes a time when the childish ways and power plays need to be put away and the business of the community needs to be addressed in a responsible and legal manner. The membership elects the council and puts their trust in the men and woman who run for these seats, that they will represent them in a dignified, intelligent and respectable manner. The membership puts their confidence in the elected to make the decisions that are in the very best interest of the community as a whole. The membership trusts that the elected will perform their duties honorably, legally and in such a way that reflects the proud traditions of our people by nurturing the Government to Government relations in the rebuilding of our Nation and by fostering good working programs. Threats and intimidation only strengthen our resolve to push ahead and give even that much more importance to the protection our community from the people who use their position and authority to force their political ideology and agendas upon our community. Their sickness will affect the whole community. The people who act out their hate only bring shame and disgrace to our Native people. Do not be discouraged by their actions; do not let their hateful action bring you down, that would only be giving in to their actions and giving them power in their methods. Find strength and encouragement from the majority of the membership who share in our goal to grow, find it in the love of our people.


Steven G. Booth
Metlakatla, AK

About: " Private citizen Of Metlakatla"

Received February 09, 2008 - Published February 10, 2008


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