By Vernon Grant
February 19, 2010
In my last letter for public interest, on November 16th 2009,
I had voiced my personal opinion about how Sealaska has not addressed
the landless issues of the 5 communities, that were left out
of the original ANCSA of 1970's. But have you noticed the Sealaska
website headlines: "Haa Aaní Legislation" you
would think that what they were speaking about is the final act
of the ANCSA to finalize the whole bill as promised!
For those who have not read
my last letter it can be found here:
In my opinion you cannot speak of such things as quoted in their
own words "Haa Aaní Legislation"
This bill, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization
Act, or Haa Aaní (a Tlingit phrase representing Native
peoples' relationship to the land) would fulfill Sealaska's final
land conveyances as promised 38 years ago in the Alaska Native
Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
In my opinion this land bill has misrepresented the 5 communities
that the government has inadvertently left out of the original
ANCSA,before any other land issues are addressed, the ANCSA in
whole must be fulfilled. To say that the "Haa Aaní
Legislation" bill is the FINAL act in the land issues is
misleading and unfair to the ones left out
What about the 5 communities that have been deemed equal to receive
recognition as native communities and eligible to receive corporation
What about their rights to receive lands for the natives of these
Who is speaking for them and their families and their rights
to be included in this land conveyances of this final land act?
About: "Sealaska Landless
Received February 13, 2009
- Published February 19, 2010
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