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State Flags Lowered for Harvey Samuelson
Governor notes contributions of Bristol Bay leader


November 29, 2004

Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski Saturday ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Alaska native leader Harvey Samuelson. Samuelson, 78, died Thursday after a short illness.

"I count myself lucky that I could call Harvey Samuelson my friend," said the governor. "Harvey was an exceptional man, a passionate advocate for the people of the Bristol Bay region, and a strong voice in many of the issues that shaped Alaska in the past several decades."

Samuelson was involved in many important issues of his time, from the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to the CDQ program. Most recently, he worked on expanding employment opportunities in the Bristol Bay region through oil and gas leasing and brought statewide attention to the issue of comparatively high fuel costs in rural Alaska.

"Harvey's heart and soul was in Bristol Bay," said Murkowski. "There was no greater advocate for the young people of his region. He had many opportunities to leave, but he remained at home, where he continued to work to build a better future for Bristol Bay."

State flags will be raised again at the close of business on Monday, November 29th.



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