You may applaud Sealaska management of sacred sites, but some of the tribes in Southeast Alaska don't agree. Don't you think the actual tribes and clans should be able to decide? Currently they have control over the site through government to government arrangements. From an Alaska radio story on the subject. The earlier sacred sites list included numerous locations throughout Southeast Alaska, many of them on Prince of Wales Island. One, in an arm of Kasaan Bay, contains petroglyphs. Another, off El Capitan Passage, is a burial site. And some are not favored for selection by tribal groups. "It just seems that this is another mechanism, a back-door approach, to get what they’re seeking," said Sam Thomas, president of the Craig Community Association, the Prince of Wales city’s tribal government. He said Sealaska should not be entitled to the sites listed on the map that was part of the earlier version of the legislation. "I feel if you’re going to go back to those provisions. We, the four tribes on Prince of Wales Island, would like to see this map used as a non-selection area for those sacred sites," he said.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 19:34