By Don Hoff Jr.
September 09, 2006
I would like to respond to Anita Hales retort to my opinion letter,
"Theft of our Lands in Ketchikan - The Dark Days".
My writings of the true owners of the lands taken away illegally
are the foundation of our Tribal land claims in Ketchikan, Alaska
and surrounding ancestral lands. It was my intention and opinions
to tell the public the darker side of the stories I have been
reading in Sitnews of all the glamour - fluff writings on mining,
fisheries, and logging exploitation of all our natural resources
that belong to our Native Peoples in Alaska.
There is movement by our Alaska Native Regional Corporations
now to acquire more Federal Government lands to fulfill their
obligations of Alaska Land Claims Act of 1972. There are four
Communities in the Southeast Alaska that were left out in the
early days of the land claims; Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell
and Tennakee Springs. In order to correct our situation with
our Tribe in the Ketchikan area was to bring forward our Taan
ta Kwaan history, land claim and what happen in Ketchikan.
I do appreciate your "why don't we all just get along"
opinion letter and welcome debate on our dilemma in Ketchikan.
To perpetuate our tribes from extinction is to get our land
base back. I disagree with you about prejudices. I believe
discrimination and racism is alive and well in Ketchikan and
Alaska. The State of Alaska does not recognize Tribes, Indian
country or our subsistence rights. How absurd is that and how
is that not discrimination? If it weren't for Native Corporations,
Village Corporations, Non-Profit Native Corporations, Native
Health Clinics and other government agencies, Indians wouldn't
have any meaningful jobs in Ketchikan.
In closing, what I want is what rightfully belongs to my family
and Tribe -- land base to perpetuate our culture and history
for the survival of our Tribe for future generations. We truly
live in a brain-washed society thinking that we are created equal
and there is justice for all -- but really means, "just
As for Craig Moen's one paragraph statement critiquing my opinion
letter, I was articulate enough to get your attention.
This is my own opinion.
Don Hoff Jr. aka Aan Kadax Tseen
Gaanaax adi Clan
Yei l Hit
Taan ta Kwaan
Hixson, TN - USA
About: "Aan Kadax Tseen aka Don Hoff Jr., Past City Councilman
and Vice Mayor - City of Ketchikan; Past Board of Director -
Ketchikan Public Utilities; Past O.S.H.A. Review Boardmember
- State of Alaska; Past I.R.A. Councilman - Ketchikan Indian
Community. Tongass Tribe member of the Gaanax adi Clan, Yei l
Hit (Raven House). "
By Anita Hales - Ketchikan, AK - USA
By Craig Moen - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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