Sealaska lands bill will be reintroduced

Feb 12, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KRBD-FM Ketchikan

JUNEAU, ALASKA Southeast's regional Native corporation will get another shot at land it wants in the Tongass National Forest.

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Myla Poelstra

Ketchikan, AK

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Mar 3, 2009
 

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The pending Sealaska land selection legislation is more ominous in its impact than anyone has been led to believe. The isolated community of Edna Bay on Kosciusko Island will be severely impacted by the 32,000 acre selection Sealaska is pursuing here. Their selection will take over three fourths of the drivable road system; robbing the community of vital commercial access, as well as development resources, and access to our emergency water supply.
Some of the most spectacular old growth karst systems in the Tongass lie within the boundaries of their proposal. These awesome phenomena of the natural world are currently protected by the National Cave Resources Protection Act. That would be suspended if these lands were transferred into private ownership. Neither the State of Alaska, nor Sealaska, have measures in place to protect these precious public resources.
Residents here have been sounding the alarm to our representatives for over five years. It appears our pleas have fallen on deaf ears. How can the economic demands of a powerful corporation, the largest private landowner
in Southeast Alaska, be more important than a 26yr growing community that the state has sponsored into existence through numerous land sales and development grants. Where is the fairness and justice in this??
We feel abandoned and betrayed. Most here have invested a lifetime of hard work, only to see it lost to indifference from our State representatives, as well as Sealaska officers. Ron Wolfe, Sealaska corporate forester, has met with us and knows of our concerns. He has chosen to disregard them for the pursuit of easy financial gain.
While everyone agrees that ANCSA needs to be completed, and there many be justifiable reasons to choose outside of the withdrawal areas set aside by Congress in 1971, Sealaska needs to choose those lands from areas where there are no remote communities dependent on them.

Myla Poelstra
Sunrise Lodge & General Store
Edna Bay, Alaska
blue_zinc

Center Sandwich, NH

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Jun 12, 2011
 
ANCSA IN OUR OWN WORKS
SEALASKA CORPORATION
ANNUAL REPORT 2010

Time Immemorial The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian own, occupy and enjoy the bounty of the land.

1867- U.S. acquires Russian American from Russia.
Council of clan leaders objects to the land
transfer without their consent.
"Uncivilized tribes" subject to laws and
and regulations of the U.S.

2869- Chief Johnson challenges the right of
Russia to transfer land rights to the U.S.

The Family Legal Guide:

U.S. Constitution
"A convention of delegates representing 12 of the original states (Rhode Island did not take part) framed the Constitution in 1787. It was submitted to and then ratified by the states according to its provision for ratification."

"Operation and effect of Constitutions A Constitution usually takes effect when it is ratified. In the case of the admission of a TERRITORY to statehood, provisions of the act admitting it may fix the effective date of its constitution. An amendment to the constitution may take effect either on the day it becomes law or at a later date fixed by the constitution or the amendment."

"It is an established and fundamental principle of the Constitution that one governmental branch cannot interfere with or encroach upon another unless expressly authorized by the Constitution. This prevents the concentration of the fundamental powers of government in the hands of a single person or group and protects the populace from possible arbitrary and oppressive acts of those who have political power."
blue_zinc

Center Sandwich, NH

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ANCSA IN OUR OWN WORKS
SEALASKA CORPORATION
ANNUAL REPORT 2010

Time Immemorial The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian own, occupy and enjoy the bounty of the land.

1867- U.S. acquires Russian American from Russia.
Council of clan leaders objects to the land
transfer without their consent.
"Uncivilized tribes" subject to laws and
and regulations of the U.S.

2869- Chief Johnson challenges the right of
Russia to transfer land rights to the U.S.

The Family Legal Guide:

U.S. Constitution
"A convention of delegates representing 12 of the original states (Rhode Island did not take part) framed the Constitution in 1787. It was submitted to and then ratified by the states according to its provision for ratification."

"Operation and effect of Constitutions A Constitution usually takes effect when it is ratified. In the case of the admission of a TERRITORY to statehood, provisions of the act admitting it may fix the effective date of its constitution. An amendment to the constitution may take effect either on the day it becomes law or at a later date fixed by the constitution or the amendment."

"It is an established and fundamental principle of the Constitution that one governmental branch cannot interfere with or encroach upon another unless expressly authorized by the Constitution. This prevents the concentration of the fundamental powers of government in the hands of a single person or group and protects the populace from possible arbitrary and oppressive acts of those who have political power."

"Political rights are those that entitle a citizen to participate-directly or indirectly-in the government."

blue_zinc

Center Sandwich, NH

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ANCSA In Our Own Words
Sealaska Corporation

1881-

"Townsites and Industrial Sites legislation enacted.

White settlers are allowed to gain title to land, notwithstanding existing aboriginal ownership."

1884-
The Organic Act establishes a civil government and stipulates that Natives in possession of lands in their use and occupation shall not be disturbed.

1907-
Tongass National Forest established.

1915-

Territorial Legislature allows Natives to acquire citizenship if they sever all tribal relations and habits.

1929-

ANB passes a resolution to sue the U.S. for the creation of the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay National Park without the permission of the indigenous people of Southeast Alaska.

1959

Alaska becomes a state. U.S. disclaims all rights to land held by Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts.

U.S. Court of Claims rules that Tlingits and Haidas were the original owners of Southeast and entitled to compensation for land taken from them.

1962

Tee Hit Ton

Supreme Court decision strips Alaska Natives of all land rights.

Family Legal Law

Civil Rights are those belonging to a person by virtue of his citizenship, including the right to life, liberty, and property. Most of the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution are listed in the Bill of Rights, and the government is prohibited from doing anything that will unjustly violate those rights.

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