Thank you letter or the week of May 14

“Thank you Alaska Federation of Natives for a legacy of leadership”

Thank you Alaska Federation of Natives for a legacy of leadership

I would like to offer my deepfelt thanks to the Alaska Federation of Natives for voting to allow Southeast Alaska Natives to join the statewide land claims effort to settle our aboriginal land claims. In the years since the enactment of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, we have received untold economic, social, political and cultural benefits. Additionally, we were able to benefit from the riches of other regions as a result of Section 7 (i) of ANCSA revenue sharing provisions.

A number of regions opposed Sealaska’s inclusion in the land claims effort because we had received a partial land claims settlement for the taking of lands to create the Tongass National Forest, the Glacier Bay National Monument and the Metlakatla Tsimshian Reservation under the Tlingit and Haida judicial settlement.

John Borbridge and Byron Mallott provided the leadership for Southeast when the AFN vote was split on the motion to include Sealaska. However, thanks to Emil Notti, who cast the deciding vote in Sealaska’s favor, and other AFN board members, such as Willie Hensley, who believed that the paltry sum of $7 million paid to Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians for the taking of over 20 million prime lands in Southeast was unjust, AFN voted to include Sealaska.

Through the past five decades we have benefited from AFN’s advocacy to protect our subsistence rights; to secure recognition of tribes and tribal rights at the national and state levels; and to obtain equitable funding and access to governmental services among a range of other benefits. I had the opportunity to sit on the AFN Board of Directors and saw the strength in a collective voice.

Again, may I thank AFN and its leadership for continuing its advocacy for Alaska Natives and advocacy efforts that benefit the state as a whole.

Rosita Ḵaaháni Worl, Ph.D.,

Former AFN Board of Directors member

More in Neighbors

Jane Hale (Courtesy Photo)
Coming Out: Partial Reflections

Let your verses be an adventure Scattering on the morning wind the… Continue reading

Jacque Tagaban (left) and Adam Bauer (right) smile for a photo at the Alaska Bahá’í National Convention in late May. (Courtesy Photo / Adam Bauer)
Living & Growing: Justice proceeds from unity which comes through consultation

Before I proceed, I wish to thank Áak’w Kwáan and T’aaku Kwáan… Continue reading

Jane Hale
Coming Out: Ch- ch- ch- ch- changes

It’s always a gamble, a risk, a chance. We should be stuttering.

This combination images includes a picture of Larry chopping ice for water in Brevig Mission 1972, a picture of Mark and Laura watching seal skin preparation 1972. A picture at Fish Camp in 1972. (Courtesy Photos / Laura Rorem)
Living & Growing: Beyond what we know

“You stupid white people, you have no business trying to come ashore… Continue reading

Courtesy Photo /  Gina Del Rosari
Living & Growing: To Jesus through Mary

I am a Roman Catholic, was born and raised in the Philippines… Continue reading

Gimme a Smile: AI is coming—oh wait, it’s already here

AI is on everyone’s radar these days. Artificial Intelligence — it can… Continue reading

By 1914 when this photo was taken, Juneau had developed into an established city. The Victorian era turreted Alaska Steam Laundry (built 1901) is seen on the left, while other buildings such as the Alaskan Hotel and Central Rooming House are on the right. The rooming house was reconstructed in the 1980s. It is now the Senate Mall. (Alaska State Library-P31-021).
Rooted in Community: Alaska Steam Laundry and the MacKinnon Family

Perhaps sharing the leading roles in Juneau High School’s 1915 theatrical play… Continue reading

Thank you letter or the week of May 14

“Thank you Alaska Federation of Natives for a legacy of leadership”

Klas Stolpe
Pure Sole: A remembrance of my mother

The aroma of lupine lingered in the air at my mother’s deathbed.