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3,000 miles from Ketchikan
By Don Hoff Jr.


September 23, 2006

To answer Alan Miller the questions, Chattanooga, TN is 3,000 miles from Ketchikan, Alaska. I want to clarify a couple points for Alan. My opinions represent and speak for the Raven House (Yei l Hit) Gaanax adi Clan of the Taan Ta Kwaan only (Sea lion People) or known as Tongass Tribe that is Indigenous to Ketchikan and surrounding lands.

Start a war with other Countries and take their oil and gas? The war in Iraq is not about democracy or revenge on 9-11! Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9-11 in New York City. It is about oil and gas my brain washed American. Watch and see what America will do to Iran. Iran is the major player of the world's oil and gas; it is not about producing nuclear energy or the bomb it is about oil and gas. America's early darkest history is stealing all the natural resources from the Indigenous Native Americans in their migration from the East coast to the West coast. Those days was called, "Termination of Native Americans". Exploitation of Alaska Native natural resources goes on today trying to open up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas that doesn't belong to the State of Alaska or United States. The positive solution to these problems is to, "mind your own business" America and we won't lose anymore American lives.

I have more eloquent remarks which you forgot that I like listed below.

We truly live in a brain-washed society thinking that we are created equal and there is justice for all but really means, "just us". Or

Let's not forget that Governor Murkowski's family own property on Gravina Island near Ketchikan, Alaska. There is a family owned 33 acre old gold mine plots named, Goldstring and Goldstone sites valued at $250,000 just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island. (Gee, that is where they want to pioneer a road, Clam Cove.) I guess if I were going to retire from politics soon, I would push a bridge project costing $315 million dollars to the taxpayers so I can drive over to my property on Gravina Island. Or,

The world's oil supply is going to be depleted around 2040. Some scientists will argue that the oil supply will be depleted around 2020. They are saying we have at the most four generations of fossil fuels left in the world which includes our coal reserves in North America. Or,

Don't waste anymore of our tax dollars to worthless projects like a bridge to nowhere. If you're so stead fast to drive over a bridge, there are plenty of bridges in the lower 48 you can drive over all you want. Drive over bridges all day long if you want too. Or,

You can tell a lie a thousand different ways but you only have to tell the truth once.

I will admit and agree with Alan on one point and that is I should submit a positive response or solutions to correct problems in my opinions in my future letters. What will benefits of economic growth in Southeast Alaska is keep Alaska pristine, quit butchering the land and exploiting our natural resources. This next general election, elect a Democratic Governor and Democratic Representative to Washington D.C . . . to correct all the wrongs the Republican Party caused.

In closing, I am not ashamed of myself and won't back down from the truth. As for the young people, they should know about racism and discrimination in America and Alaska's dark history or the truth to what really happened in our history in America or Alaska to prevent it from happening again. I don't expect you to understand Indigenous' points of view. This is my very own opinion.

Aan Kadax Tseen aka Don Hoff Jr.
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). "


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