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1804 or 2004?
by Don Hoff Jr.


April 18, 2004

I can see racism against Alaska Natives is alive in Ketchikan and State of Alaska. I have written many opinions about the proposed Bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock Island. Telling you that there are Indian graves from the South end of Pennock Island to the North end has only fallen on deaf ears. Mr. Ferry hopes that Indian graves will not be disturbed. Well guess what, if the bridge is built to Pennock Island, Indian graves will be desecrated and looted. It appears to me and the Native community that you folks can care less about any Indian graves. You whites are determined to build a bridge to no-where regardless what Alaskan Natives say or think. Sounds like racism to me!

I will tell you what - and I will make you folks a trade. You start your bridge from Bay View Cemetery and bull-doze over your graves with impunity and you can build a bridge to Pennock Island. What do you think of that? You probably do not think that is a good idea. What make you think that we would allow white people to desecrate our grave sites on Pennock Island or any Indian grave site in Alaska? One, it is against the Federal law to begin with.

Your racist remarks about free health care for American Indians are wrong. There are no free clinics in Tennessee. Alaskan Natives in Alaska have Medical and Dental Clinics because it was a negotiated agreement between Alaskan Natives and U.S.Federal Government because of the purchase of Alaska in 1867. Alaskan Natives have a Government to Government relationship with the U.S. Government. Small price to pay considering you took Alaska and exploited all its natural resources. This is my last retort with you and probably better to talk to a wall.

Don Hoff Jr.
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Hixson, TN - USA



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