By Myla Poelstra
February 02, 2010
Sealaska's selection on Kosciusko is the largest of their proposed economic development lands, almost 32,000 acres. It encompasses over three fourths of the drivable road system and accessible areas of our isolated, remote island. These are the same public lands the community of Edna Bay has depended on for its life support for almost 30 years. If they are transferred into private ownership it will collapse our local economy.
Sealaska deserves to have their entitlement completed. While they may have what many believe are justifiable reasons for selecting outside the boundaries set by Congress during the establishment of ANCSA, nothing justifies allowing them to choose in areas that cause catastrophic resource conflicts.
If Senator Murkowski is hoping to find an equitable solution to settling Sealaska's Land Entitlement, she needs to help Sealaska select their economic development lands in areas away from remote, isolated resource-dependent communities.
Received February 01, 2009 - Published February 02, 2010
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