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Open Letter: Klukwan Inc. Shareholders and Board of Directors
by Rob Sanderson Jr.


April 14, 2005

Dear Editor,

This is an open letter to the Klukwan Inc. Shareholders and Board of Directors. The overwhelming majority of Natives in Southeast Alaska oppose herbicide spraying on Long Island this summer. For countless generations because of who we are, our people respected the land, water and air. Our ancestors understood these ideals. The most sacred laws of the tribes always respected the land and the living it provides. Our ancestors passed these laws on to the future generations to insure our culture and subsistence way of life continued.

By allowing chemicals to contaminate our land, we are breaking our most sacred laws, the laws that insure our survival as native peoples. Clearly, there must be another way to deal with the Alder Trees on Long Island than poisoning the land. This violates people's rights to a subsistence way of life. To forget the laws we've lived with for so long and disrespect our subsistence way of life is unthinkable.

To the members of Klukwan Inc. you have the power to direct the board, they serve you. Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) passed a resolution two years ago opposing herbicide spraying on Long Island, we stand by our resolution today. It is our duty to look out for our future generations.


Rob Sanderson Jr.
KIC Tribal Council Member and Subsistence
Committee Chair
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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