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S881 Sealaska Lands Bill: Port Protection & Point Baker
By Judy Magnuson


March 12, 2010

Port Protection and Point Baker residents deserved the common courtesy of notification that their meeting was canceled. Residents of both communities kept calling to ask - has it been canceled? And the answer was always the same- no word yet. Finally, with no notification to the contrary and needing a half hour to travel from Point Baker across the open Bay to Port Protection, and not wanting to miss the only opportunity to be heard we have had , people came. We were never notified by Mr. Kleeshulte that he was not coming until 5 minutes AFTER the time the meeting was to start. Even though he must have known in advance of that he would not make it.

We were never given a means of contacting him to reschedule a new meeting. These are not the unbiased hearings that we as concerned Southeast residents have asked for. These meetings are nothing more than just Sealaska PR meetings with a Bill S881 supporter from the minority side of the resource committee thrown in to legitimize them. They are still pushing the Sealaska agenda and all communities should complain. We deserve real dialogue with the Senate Natural Resource Committee. We the people of Southeast Alaska deserve more and at the least common courtesy from these representatives.

Judy Magnuson
Port Protection Community Association
Port Protection , AK

About: "Secretary Port Protection Community Association"

Received March 12, 2009 - Published March 12, 2010



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