By Don Hoff Jr.
October 08, 2006
Governor Frank H. Murkowski, R-Alaska is still trying to ram
the proposed Gravina Island via Pennock Island Boondoggle Bridge
down our tax payer's throats in Ketchikan, Alaska. Governor
Murkowski has a major conflict of interest. Governor Frank Murkowski
has family owned properties on Gravina Island. The Murkowskis
own a 33 acre gold mine plots named Goldstring and Goldstone
sites just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island. Property valued
Governor Murkowski will include $195 million budget request for
Gravina Access project in FY 2008 Capital Budget. The Governor
met with approximately two dozen Ketchikan elected and community
leaders wondering how to proceed with the Gravina Access project
they are calling it now. The proposed bridge is going to cost
more than $315 million taxpayers' dollars to start construction.
Where is the rest of the money coming from, Gov. Frank?
Pennock Island is Tribal Grave yard sites for the Taan ta Kwaan
and Saan ya Kwaan. The Tribal graves stretch from the Southern
tip to Northern tip of Pennock Island facing Ketchikan. Has
anybody even thought of asking the Native community what they
thought about the proposed bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock
Island? There are State and Federal laws protecting Tribal gravesites.
Do you think Alaskan Natives or Tribes in Alaska are going to
allow any removal or further desecration of Tribal graves on
Pennock Island or any Tribal Grave sites in Alaska so a few opulent
people can drive over a bridge? Are the Federal, State and Local
Governments Officials above the law?
Alaska Historic Preservation Act (Alaska Stat. §41.35.010
Summary: Alaska has no specific
laws dealing with reburial or repatriation of prehistoric human
remains or an unmarked graves law, §41.35.190(c) of the
Alaska Historic Preservation Act does state that "No person
may unlawfully destroy, mutilate, deface, injure, remove or excavate
a gravesite or a tomb, monument, gravestone or other structure
or object at a gravesite, even though the gravesite appears to
be abandoned, lost or neglected." Native Alaskan consent
is required for excavation of native sites and landowner consent
is required for excavation on private lands.
The Alaska Historical Commission has responsibility for managing
and protecting all prehistoric and historic sites in the state
and issues permits for excavations. Nothing may diminish cultural
rights or responsibilities of persons of aboriginal decent or
infringe upon their right of possession, and use of those resources
and local cultural groups may obtain from the state resources
of respective cultural if meet certain criteria. Violations of
the Historic Preservation Act provisions are considered a class
a misdemeanor and civil
penalties may be assessed up to $100,000 per violation and up
to one year in jail. And, ...
NAGPRA is an acronym from Native American Graves & Preservation
Repatriation 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.
I suggested an underwater tunnel
years ago like they have in the Chesapeake Bay tunnels in Virginia
and it would not impede ships and boats navigating Tongass Narrows,
but fell on deaf ears.
In closing, the American Tax payers said no to "pork barrel
spending". The Federal money will be better spent for hurricane
Katrina victims to rebuild in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.
If the bridge was going to be built, it should have been built
in 1972 when the airport was being constructed so what if Juneau
or Sitka has a bridge. That is a lame excuse or justification
for proposed boondoggle bridge in Ketchikan. If Frank and the
few people that want a bridge to drive over, there are thousands
of existing bridges you folks can drive over in the lower 48.
You folks can drive over bridges all day long if you want to.
This is my opinion.
Aan Kadax Tseen aka Don Hoff Jr.
Gaanax adi Clan
Yei l Hit
Taan ta Kwaan
Hixson, TN - USA
Received October 05, 2006 - Published October 08, 2006
About: "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). "
Governor Will Include $195 Million
Budget Request for Gravina Access Project in FY 2008 Capital
Budget - Governor Frank
H. Murkowski met in Ketchikan with over two dozen Ketchikan elected
and community leaders Friday in an effort to reach a consensus
on how to proceed with the Gravina Access project. -
Monday - October 02, 2006
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