Klukwan your Cultural Identity
is at Stake
By Albert K. White
October 08, 2006
Klukwan Inc. it' s not too late to withdraw your permit for aerial
spraying on Long Island. Overwhelming opposition has spoken
to your attempted efforts to step into a practice of aerial spraying
in Alaska. Stockholders, Directors, Your Community, and the
people who will be directly affected have said STOP this attempt
to spray Long Island.
The Board of Directors guide the development of a company and
the CEO carries out the will of the Directors to develop a profitable
business for the benefit of the stockholders, but it shouldn't
be at the cost of disregarding and disrespecting your elders,
community, and culture. The CEO may be advocating a very strong
business proposal but it' s at the cost of Klukwan Inc.'s culture,
not just the stockholders who you represent but the community
in which you were established; a community that strongly opposes
your attempted efforts at aerial spraying.
It' s time to stop the attempt to line the pockets in the near
future, with no regard for future generations. All I am asking
is that you as a Board look at history and use common sense.
Cancers as well as threats of extinctions, to our national emblem
(The American Eagle), have been the outcome of introducing chemicals
into our atmosphere in the past.
Just because the aerial spraying is referred to as Herbicidal
Spraying doesn't change the fact that it kills alder and salmonberries.
Our wildlife will eat the remains of the pesticide, which in-return
local gathers will eat, or it will leach into streams, running
into rivers, filling lakes, and flowing into our oceans. Eventually
affecting our natural medicines and infecting our fish.
Klukwan Incorporated, you cut the trees down and failed to foresee
the over growth of what you call shrubs and a majority of local
natives call subsistence, now you must pay the price and start
thinking critically as to achieve your goals without using chemicals.
The easy way out is usually the wrong way because it hurts others,
there is no easy way out. It will not be easy to overturn a decision
and find an alternative. I' m sure you have invested some money
in this and want to follow though with your investment, but don'
t do it at the cost of your cultural identity. It's time to
think outside the box and get creative. What could you use a
harvest of alder for? Utilize what you have and create opportunities
for shareholders. Cut down the alder and use it for commercial
use, partner with others who have the same problem and meet market
need for hardwood use. At least then you could guarantee the
health of all the people and wildlife as well as replace your
harvest with the Spruce you so desire to plant.
There are other ways to make money rather than to put people's
subsistence and health at risk. I've seen the studies while serving
for the Saxman I.R.A. I've heard the so-called buffer zones made
up by government officials and their endorsements. The fact of
the matter is the government has been wrong before and when push
comes to shove Klukwan Inc. you will ultimately be responsible
for the decisions made on the spraying. Too much is at stake
for a little money later, money you will probably use defending
yourself in legal battle due to the sicknesses caused
If I have offended anyone in the writing of this opinion it was
not my intention and I'm sorry. I have based my opinion on facts,
history, and common sense. I have also taken into account the
large amount of public support against Herbicidal Spraying.
Albert K. White
Received October 06, 2006 - Published October 08, 2006
About: " A concerned Tlingit Native who supports the Haida
Natives in their fight to stop an outside source from tainting
their essential subsistence supply. I have also served on the
Saxman I.R.A. as Vice President where I gained my knowledge on
this issue and supported a resolution opposing this effort."
to Stop Aerial Spraying of Pesticides Moves Forward - On
Friday, September 29th, the quest for justice on Long Island
moved one step closer to resolution according to Dave Sherman,
a grassroots organizer for the Southeast Alaska Conservation
Council. The opening brief in the lawsuit contesting the Alaska
Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) approval of
Klukwan, Inc.'s plans to spray a cocktail of pesticides on Long
Island from helicopter was filed, and the event has sparked concerned
citizens to boost efforts to stop aerial spraying. . - More...
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