By Don Hoff, Jr.
March 27, 2007
The money and land should go to the indigenous traditional tribes in Alaska. Then we won't be worried about our grandchildren or worry about a vote whether or not you are in the corporation or out.
Here is what should happen; there are thirteen tribes in the Tlingit Nation. Tongass Tribe or Taan ta Kwaan has been organized since 1986 to conduct business as an indigenous traditional tribe in Ketchikan. The tribe meets on a regular basis and discusses tribal business, dance practice, plan a picnic and socialize.
Traditional Tribe is where the power lies and not the A.N.B, I.R.A., B.I.A., T & H or Corporations. Organizing your tribe is an easy to do, have your Clan leaders call a meeting and put it in order. This is what Tongass Tribe accomplished. Have the Elders present for guidance and direction. We did not ask anyone's permission to conduct tribal business, such as when we carved the Kad-juk Hit totem (Chief Johnson totem in Ketchikan) nor do we ask if we can have a Potlatch, we tell people what our Tribe is going to do. We use the Roberts Rules of Order for our meetings, but we vote consensus.
Sealaska Corporation should
be thinking of how to divide the lands to the landless communities
of Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell and Tennakee Springs. Let
the traditional tribes decide their own destiny whether this
be for enrollment or landless agreements. We can have our land
to walk on, build houses, hunt and fish, carve totems, have land
to pass down from generation to generation.
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