Subsistence Rights opinion
By Aan Kadax Tseen aka Don Hoff Jr.
March 22, 2010
Our Lands, Our Seas, So fight for it!
I was thinking a lot about my Brothers and Sisters living in
Southeast Alaska. I love and miss the fishing. I really need
to teach a few of you how to subsists off the land and sea,
I noticed that you lucky dogs catch a King Crab every now and
then, but you throw them back because the State of Alaska State
laws say so. I say hell with the State of Alaska... the State
and Federal Governments are protecting the King Crab and Halibut
for the commercial fisheries only. Watch the Deadliest Catch...
you don't see any Subsistence Users! Money and greed is all
I see by a very few people dictating what we Indigenous People
can eat or can't eat and when to eat it! Time to say No!
We (Tribes) have been for Ten Thousand years in Southeast Alaska...
the Tribes have been brainwashed to think in the last 143 years
that we gave up our Rights to the Land and Sea. Assimilation
of our Tribes into the non-native world made it worse. The Tribes
are going to have to De-Brainwash ourselves quickly. I have!
This land is our Lands. This sea surrounding our Lands is our
sea. Imagine, they say we lost everything in 1867. This short
period in our tribal history. the non-natives took or stole
everything, all our natural resources, land, sea and minerals.
Why, I don't really know. What I do know is the Land and Sea
still belongs to the Tribes and we should act like we do and
don't coward to anyone that says we don't!
Fishing and hunting for your family, Clan and Tribe is your
Inherit Right, Subsistence Right, your God-given Rights and any
other Rights to hunt and fish as the Tribes have done for Ten
Thousand years before the non-natives arrived -- who are the
savages now? So, my brothers and sisters if you catch one King
Crab, Halibut, and Salmon and wish you could eat it, take it
home and eat it. That King Crab, Halibut or Salmon belongs to
you and your family and you happen to catch more than you can
eat... you will share your catch with your neighbor.
"Remember this, the State of Alaska doesn't recognize Tribes
or Indian Country. So why are our Tribes recognizing State Laws
and Regulations," I said and I got out of jury duty. Needless
to say, the judge dismissed me. There was a point in that little
statement. A little act of defiance and say no to status quo.
Enjoy that King Crab, Salmon or Halibut. King Crab and Halibut
are twenty dollars a pound down in the lower 48 - Chattanooga.
Somebody is getting rich and it isn't you!
Aan Kadax Tseen aka Don Hoff Jr.
Gaanax adi Clan
Raven House/Drifted to Shore House
Taan ta Kwaan
About: "Past: Vice-Mayor
of City of Ketchikan and City Council member. K.P.U. Boardmember,
O.S.H.A. Review Board Chairman and Boardmember-State of Alaska,
Ketchikan Indian Corporation Tribal Council and Gaanax adi Clan
Elder of the Tongass Tribe."
Received March 21, 2009 - Published
March 22, 2010
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