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The Bridge Battle
By Don Hoff Jr.


November 21, 2005

Mr. Elroy C. Edenshaw Jr., I was wondering the same thing about Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council... why K.I.C. leadership didn't write a resolution or an opposition letter opposing the bridge to no-where to protect our Tribal graves on Pennock Island.

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What are you thinking "save our bridge" for whom? This bridge wouldn't benefit the K.I.C. membership. This bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock Island is only for the opulent property owners for land and timber speculation.

I have been writing in opposition of the proposed bridge for a lot of years now trying to protect our Tribal grave sites on Pennock Island from further desecration from people and earth moving equipment. It is probably just as well K.I.C. showed no leadership or back bone in making a stand on this important issue to our people in Southeast Alaska or Alaska. My conclusion or opinion was K.I.C. was worried about losing funding and their jobs from the federal government if they went against Murkowski, Young or Stevens. That wouldn't have been the case because we have a Government to Government relationship with the U.S. Government but K.I.C. wanted to fence ride this issue of the bridge.

In closing, what is good for Ketchikan is not always good for K.I.C. or its members. The good news for our Tribal Members and Ancestors buried on Pennock Island is the proposed bridge will not be built. This is my own indigenous to Ketchikan opinion.

Don Hoff Jr. aka Aan Kadax Tseen
Gaanaax adi Clan
Yei l Hit
Taan ta Kwaan or Tongass Tribe

Hixson, TN - USA


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letter Bridge Battle By Elroy C. Edenshaw Jr. - Ketchikan, AK - USA



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