Sealaska Land Swap bills
By Roger DiPaolo
March 16, 2010
As a resident of Edna Bay, one of the 3 communities most affected
by this bill, the major reason that these bills are bad is that
the lives of the residents of our 3 towns were not adequately
taken into consideration. We residents of these towns are not
hostile to Sealaska nor our native neighbors, we wish to see
them live and prosper equally beside us.
Our towns will be cut-off from the now-public lands that we need
to survive. We are not asking Sealaska to ignore their own survival,
just to find another way that doesn t threaten ours. We depend
on these lands, we cannot afford to travel to the lands that
Sealaska is offering to swap in exchange. If these bills pass
it will effectively be the end of any future for our communities.
We want to be partners and friends with our Native neighbors.
I beg Sealaska to please withdraw their support for these bills
that are putting us at odds with each other and instead go
back and begin crafting a better bill that gives Sealaska what
it is entitled to without threatening our communities - otherwise
I fear that this issue will divide Southeast Alaska along Native/Non-native
lines; and that would be a future that benefits nobody.
Edna Bay, AK
About: "A resident of
Edna Bay who has to be off island for work at the present time."
Received March 15, 2009 - Published
March 16, 2010
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