Doubled Edged Sword
By Don Hoff Jr.
August 07, 2007
Writing opinions or debating problems dealing to build a $200
million plus boon-doggle bridge and $25 million dollar 3.2 mile
dirt road that don't go anywhere on Gravina Island so a very
few people benefit, is ludicrous. So that property owners and
developers on Gravina Island to line their pockets at American
Tax payer expense? I say no. The American people said no.
Jerilyn and Renee, when you exercise your right to express your
thoughts in a public forum, you have to expect a response or
retort; it is a double edge sword out here. You say that I act
like an injured party? I assume that you are talking about my
Tribe in Ketchikan. You say that the Native people are better
off under the Constitution of the United States Government? We
didn't have any rights after the Federal Government purchased
Alaska from the Russians in 1867. Alaska Natives and American
Indians didn't have the right to vote until 1929. Ketchikan incorporated
1901. Thus, Alaskan Natives nor Taan Ta Kwaan (Tongass Tribe)
living in Ketchikan couldn't vote. There were approximately 93
non-natives that voted to incorporate Ketchikan. It wasn't long
after that the city fathers did start their economic development
growth by taking Native lands through illegal taxation and throwing
my Tribal Leaders in jail with out trials nor any charges because
they wouldn't sell their lands. They were sent to Salem, Oregon
where they all evenly died in insane asylums. Yes, I feel like
the injured party. I don't see any differences today towards
Alaska Natives in Ketchikan. Encroaching on Pennock Island and
Gravina Island is no different than what the old City Fathers
did in the early 1900 s encroaching on Indian town. The only
difference is that the present City and Borough Fathers can't
get away with murder. Pennock Island on the Ketchikan side is
full our tribal graves. Saanya Kwaan (Cape Fox) and Taan ta Kwaan
(Tongass Tribe) have grave sites from the southern end of Pennock
Island to the Northern end of Pennock. Gravina Island is our
subsistence island. My Clan had a subsistence summer camps on
Gravina Island. Today, you folks are still encroaching on our
Native lands that we never relinquish to any government. I have
aboriginal rights and inherit rights to protect our tribal grave
sites on Pennock Island and protect our lands that are still
being encroached. Jerilyn, you asked.
Now that you up another problem that Alaska Natives have to live
with today. The State of Alaska doesn't recognize Tribes or Indian
country. Why is that? So, I am an Alaskan Native why should I
recognize any State of Alaskan Laws? I can only conclude that
racism is alive and well in Alaska by treating Alaskan Natives
like we don't exist anymore or we have nothing to say on what
goes on in Alaska while the Federal, State and Local governments
are depleting all our natural resources that belongs to Alaskan
Natives in the first place. It is called, stealing.
I often wonder why people and even some Alaskan Native residents
support local projects that have nothing to gain except higher
property taxes and sale taxes to maintain roads or bridges that
they personally don't benefit or put on themselves. Your local
taxes are not paying for the bridge to nowhere or the road that
goes nowhere, it is our federal taxes that will be paying the
boon-doggle bridge. Your present local politicians are going
to put you in the poor house or force you to move out of the
community for others to pay for. Lucky for elections coming up
vote those tunnel vision politicians out of office. Elect people
that have common sense.
Economic growth for Ketchikan is to keep Gravina Island as pristine
and it won't cost you a dime. Save Gravina Island for the wildlife,
muskegs, wetlands and spawning streams. The number three reason
for people visit Ketchikan is the scenery and wildlife. Gravina
Island is for hikers, camping, hunting and fishing, bird watchers,
salmon berry pickers and for people that want to leave Ketchikan.
You have access by a 5 minute ferry ride.
This is my own opinion shared by a lot of other people in America
Aan Kadax Tseen aka Don Hoff Jr.
Received August 03, 2007 -
Published August 07, 2007
About: "Past City of Ketchikan
City Vice Mayor and Councilman, Past Board of Director K.P.U.,
Past O.S.H.A. Board member/Chairman, State of Alaska, Past Councilman,
Ketchikan Indian Community, Member of the Tongass Tribe (Taan
ta Kwaan)indigenous to Ketchikan and surrounding lands and includes
Pennock Island and Gravina Island. An "American Taxpayer
that is broke."
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