Open Letter: Klukwan Inc.
Shareholders and Board of Directors
by Rob Sanderson Jr.
April 14, 2005
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
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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