What are the priorities of
the Native Corporations here??
By Carrie L. James
June 30, 2006
The Goldbelt, Kake, and Klukwan Corporation have all but declared
war against people from the Bristol Bay region who sided with
SEACC (Southeast Alaska Conservation Council) in a lawsuit to
stop Kensington from dumping waste into a freshwater lake. The
lawsuit could set a precedent that would allow the Pebble mine
to pollute the fish bearing waters of Bristol Bay. Note: Pebble
mine would be aproximately 1 1/2 miles deep by 2 miles round
and visible to the naked eye from outer space - possibly the
largest mine in the world. This could forever alter the traditional
and customary ways of life of these people, and these people
have the right to take a stand on it.
Klukwan has railed against these concerned people for "meddling
with business that is not theirs," but at the same time
they are proposing to spray a cocktail of toxic pesticides on
lands that are not traditionally theirs. Far away from the lands
that they intend to pollute, Klukwan will reap profits that put
at risk Alaskans living in Hydaburg who have hunted, fished,
and gathered traditional foods and medicines on Long Island for
Klukwan is defending an outside mining corporation rather then
working with their neighbors to ensure that clean water is a
priority. They need to reassess their priorities and start supporting
their neighbors. I support the Bristol Bay people, the people
of Hydaburg and Craig that are concerned about the spraying of
pesticides, and SEACC for standing up for our clean water.
I always welcome feedback to my opinions/viewpoints
Carrie L. James
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand 2nd Vice President
- Subsistence Committee member, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp
#14 (Ktn) President, Advocate for our land, Concerned Citizen"
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