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By Michael Nelson


November 01, 2007
Thursday AM

I agree with Vernon Grant and Aan Kadax Tseen. I worry that the Landless issue will one day just fade away, but I do want to at least challenge Sealaska to throw its significant weight and influence behind the landless issue the way that it did the descendant and leftout vote (my apologies to Sealaska's elders).

I have written to Senator Murkowski twice on the landless issue, and have never received a reply from her office, which of course, leads me to believe that landless Natives are not a front burner issue in WDC, just an issue that some may want to wish away. I miss the days that her father was a U.S. Senator from Alaska, at least he returned personal correspondence every time I wrote him.

I am a little surprised and dismayed that Native Hawaiians have been able to advance their Native recognition request in WDC while Southeast Alaska's landless Natives have languished by comparison.

It is sunny and hot in Suva this morning, and it is still only 8:23 a.m. All the best from the South Pacific!!

Michael Nelson
Suva, Fiji

About: "Sealaska Shareholder living in the South Pacific."

Received October 31, 2007 - Published November 01, 2007


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