By Rob Sanderson Jr.
April 06, 2006
You, the shareholders of Klukwan Inc., have the power to overturn this hideous plan and come up with an alternative plan that will not harm the food chain. For you to put financial gain ahead of the health of the people, both Tlingit & Haida that use this land for subsistence, is unimaginable.
These trees that you are trying
to protect will not be harvestable for 60-80 years at best.
There are elders in your community that object to the spraying of herbicides and pesticides. The way I have been taught is the elders are our true leaders and you, as a shareholder, need to seek and heed their advice. Our tribes have been warring for centuries and poisoning one another s land was never an option. There was too much respect for our land and our culture.
Klukwan IRA opposes this shocking
plan. It is time to listen to your own community!
To the individual commercial
fisherman, we need to hear your opinion as this will affect the
fish in the area. The industry will take a beating and prices
will continue to plummet.
To Klukwan Inc. Shareholders; is there an immediate financial gain to using herbicides/pesticides on our traditional lands? What do you, as a shareholder, stand to gain from this action?
If this plan occurs it will be one sad day, not only for the Native people but for all Alaskans.
To our two Native legislators, Al Kookesh and Bill Thomas, and all lawmakers, I challenge you to step up and sponsor a bill opposing pesticide/herbicide spraying for forest management in Alaska. It is your responsibility to have the best interests of the majority of people in mind who live in your districts.
Rob Sanderson Jr.
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