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Help stop pesticide spraying on Long Island
By Robert Sanderson Jr.


March 18, 2006

Dear Editor,

The proposed pesticide spraying project on Long should not happen due to the fact that jobs can be created by having local employment thinning crews remove the alders and salmonberry bushes. It has been made known that there is a thinning camp site already out on the island. If the chemicals used to commit this act of genocide were not used instead of employing local experienced native hire, Klukwan Inc. would probably be money ahead.

The chemicals used to spray will leche down into the water and will contaminate all forms of marine life in terms of plants that we use for food and medicinal purposes, salmon that had spawned in any fish creek on Long Island will also be severly impacted and there are many subsistence, commercial and sport user groups that utilize salmon stocks in the greater Long Island area. There are also native village sites and graveyards that need to be protected from further desecration by contaminating and poisioning the generations left here. My grandmothers family was the last family to move from the village of Howkan in 1916.

Please show your support and send letters opposing this hideous plan and stop the pesticide spraying from happening.

Robert Sanderson Jr.
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Robert Sanderson Jr. is from the Haida nation and grew up in the greater Hydaburg area. He has family ties to the Long Island area especially Howkan village where his grandmother, Helen B. Sanderson was from. Rob writes he is very knowledgable to the issue at hand. He is a past KIC tribal council member and a 6 year T&H delegate & past president for the Ketchikan Chapter of T&H area. Currently, Rob has resided in Ketchikan for the past 14 years and has made this issue of great importance a priority in his native way of life. He is also a subsistence committee member for the Ketchikan Indian Community.


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