By Don Hoff Jr.
July 10, 2005
Rep. Don Young also disagreed that the project is about connecting Ketchikan to its airport on Gravina Island. "This is about opening the island, Young said. There's state-owned and borough-owned land. It gives the opportunity for Ketchikan to grow. ... Once they build the bridge across, you have the opportunity to expand, and growth occurs, and that's the whole idea of bridges - to get across a body of water."
Retort to that statement, why not open Revillagigedo for Ketchikan to expand and economic growth that is where the population is? It would cause further desecration of our Tribal grave sites on Pennock Island with access by this proposed bridge that is protected by Federal and State laws that are listed below. All the homes today on Pennock Island are and have been in violation of the State law even though encroachment started in the early 1900 s. Do you think that any one Alaskan Native or Tribes in Alaska are going to allow any removal or desecration of Tribal graves on Pennock Island or any Tribal Grave sites in Alaska so a few opulent people can drive over a bridge?
Alaska Historic Preservation Act (Alaska Stat. §41.35.010 through §41.35.240).
NAGPRA is an acronym from Native American Graves & Preservation Reparation Act passed by Congress in 1993. The act had a time frame for all museums and other repository of Native American sacred objects and etc. to be inventoried, identified from what tribe, and disseminated to tribes of these items. The tribes have the long process of declaring these items and proving that it belongs to them. Also, this act is protecting our gravesites.
"The possibility of Ketchikan bridge funding remaining in the bill when finally approved by Congress is very strong, said Young, who added that he's bothered by criticism describing the project as an expensive "bridge to nowhere". These people keep saying it's nowhere, they're just smoking pot, Young said. "
How arrogant! Well..."These people in Washington, D.C. that want this bridge to nowhere, They're just a bunch of drunks," Aan Kadax Tseen says.
In closing, Rep. Don Young and supporters of this boon-doggle bridge, we don't want your $315 million dollar bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock Island. It is an extreme waste of our Federal Taxpayers money. This is my own opinion shared by others that oppose this bridge project.
Don Hoff Jr.
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