by Don Hoff Jr.
May 11, 2005
The proposed bridge is to be built from Ketchikan to Gravina Island VIA Pennock Island. Pennock Island is an active ancestral tribal burial grounds of the Taan ta Kwaan (Tongass Tribe people) and the Saanya Kwaan (Cape Fox people). This bridge will further desecrate our tribal graves that extend from the southern end to the northern end of Pennock Island if this bridge is built.
Photographer: Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950
Frank H. Nowell Collection no. 316;
University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division
There are only a handful of people living on Gravina Island and there is a small airport. There is no justification to build this proposed bridge. It is the greatest waste of Federal and State of Alaska tax dollars. A better idea would be to build a hard link to the main land on the back side of Ketchikan to access the lower 48.
Here is a perfect example of a bridge gone wrong is between Sevierville, TN. and Pigeon Forge, TN. I have personally seen this bridge that is 95 per cent complete and was halted because of burial mounds discovered. Eastern band of the Cherokee Nation stopped that project from being completed.
In closing, we don't want this proposed bridge to Gravina Island VIA Pennock Island to be built. To totally ignore our request of all Indigenous people in Alaska, I can only conclude that racism is alive and well by Local, State and Federal Government with total disregard to traditions and feelings of Indian people with impunity.
Don Hoff Jr.
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