By Don Hoff Jr.
November 13, 2006
Let's not make the same mistakes forming Regional Corporations thirty years ago. Land Claim Settlement should have been given to Traditional Tribes in Southeast Alaska. There are 65,000 to 85,000 acres of Land Claim still owed to the Southeast Alaskan Natives under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The Landless communities of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg and Tennakee Springs, Alaska should have or start a Traditional Tribe so that land can get conveyed. The land could and should be used as home sites and businesses. This would allow Native people that are entitled to actually own their land and all their natural resources on this land.
Mr. Soboleff stated, "It is a stock in our cultures, and it ties us to our lands. It is stock that many people, by birth right, are entitled to, but because of their birth date own none It's aboriginal ownership." There is no aboriginal ownership when the Regional Corporations have control of the land by a Board of Directors. This is all Brainwashing B.S. we've been hearing for 30 plus years. Nathan says, "We all should share the stock with family, go out and enjoy our land." Where in the hell is the Sealaska Corporation land at? This allows me to supposedly have access to 290,000 acres of corporation land around Southeast Alaska. This land includes 310 miles of shoreline, 365 islands totaling 4,175 acres. How do we get to this access if you don't own a boat or plane? The only thing I got out of the Sealaska Corporation is to learn how to be greedy and wonder when my next dividends check?
I am a share holder at large
or Urban Native who wasn't fairly represented in the early days
of the Land Claim Settlement Act of 1971. I just want land to
build a beach front house to retire on, using our Traditional
lands to subsist on and walk where my ancestors walked and lived
at one time. Hell with Regional or Village Corporation, it does
not work! Stock you can not do anything with! I want to control
my own destiny.
In closing, Sealaska Corporation
does a lot for its share holders but it is not enough. We need
beach front land lots to build homes, land that is inherently
ours in the first place. I want what every shareholder at large
wants, land that they can actually kick around and own.
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