An Open Letter to SEACC Concerning
HR2099 & SB881
By Roger DiPaolo
April 14, 2010
Dear SEACC Directors,
I know that my fellow residents of Edna Bay with whom I have
spoken all feel exactly the same as I am expressing in this letter
We are aware that you are involved in closed-door meetings with
Sealaska concerning these land bills.
With all due respect, you must be informed that we the residents
of Edna Bay Alaska, along with all of the fellow residents of
the towns of Point Baker, Port Protection, and Nakauti with whom
we have spoken, do not authorize SEACC nor any other organization(s)
to negotiate in our behalf concerning the National Forest lands
surrounding our communities which Sealaska wishes to acquire.
Only representatives from our communities, chosen by and from
among the residents of our communities, are authorized to represent
us. Only we speak for our own interests. We are in 100% opposition
to these bills and do not support a compromise with Sealaska
of any sort. We are in full agreement that these bills must
die in Congress. This is our firm position and any attempt by
other groups, SEACC and/or others, to negotiate a deal with Sealaska
without the full involvement of authorized representatives of
our communities will be responded to and opposed in a very strong
and vocal manner.
Any agreement reached between SEACC and/or others with Sealaska
will be considered illegitimate by our communities because nobody
can negotiate for us except ourselves. SEACC does not represent
our interests in this matter and we respectfully request that
you act and speak accordingly in any dealings concerning these
lands bills that threaten to affect our communities more negatively
than any other group in Southeast Alaska.
Edna Bay, AK
Received April 11, 2010 - Published
April 14, 2010
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