Retort: Real Facts About the
by Don Hoff Jr.
June 28, 2004
The Census Bureau reports that Ketchikan had a population of
14,070 may be true Borough wide. The articles from the lower
48 were using City of Ketchikan population of just over 7,000
if that many live there today. How many people live on Gravina
Island? 50 people that actually live on Gravina Island? $230
million dollars our Federal Taxes wasted.
Were you part of "we" also verified last year that
the bridge would not interfere with any graves on Pennock Island?
If the boondoggle bridge goes through Pennock Island to Gravina
Island. Roads will be built from the south end of Pennock Island
to the north end of Pennock Island. I believe you'll be wrong
to say we won't desecrate Indian graves. Pennock Island is and
has been a Sanya Kwaan (Cape Fox People) and Taan ta Kwaan (Tongass
Tribe People) grave sites. White people have been lying to Alaskan
Natives since 1867 through 2004. Why should we believe anything
you say to us today? Your letter (Grams' Letter 03/10/03), I was just being
hopeful. Now, I don't believe a word of the State of Alaska
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities' findings
in the Environmental Impact Statement (E.I.S.) for the Gravina
Access Project. The E.I.S. Report is a joke and half truths.
I know for a fact that all of Pennock Island was used as a Indian
grave site and the old timers in Ketchikan know that to be the
truth, even your Governor Frank Murkowski probably played over
on Pennock Island as a boy. We had memorial totems and markers
all up and down Pennock Island.
What do you personally have to gain from this Bridge to No-where,
Mr. Grams? Do you own property of Pennock Island or Gravina
Island? I am protecting my ancestral graves from being desecrated
by a few greedy white people that want stuff for free. Sorry,
Mr. Grams you don't agree with me. But there are plenty of other
people that do. These are the real facts. This is my own opinion.
Don Hoff Jr.
Aan Kadax Tseen
Gaanax adi Clan
Yei l hit
Taan ta Kwaan
Hixson, TN - USA
The Alaska Department of Transportation
and Public Facilities is preparing its Final Environmental Impact
Statement for the Gravina Access Project and expects to issue
the document in July 2004.
For more information and to
read the official reports regarding the Gravina Access Project
go to http://www.gravina-access.com
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