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Issues unresolved after Jewell’s visit   Leave a comment

Issues unresolved after Jewell’s visit – Alaska Journal of Commerce – February Issue 4 2015 – Anchorage, AK.

Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid – Washington Times   Leave a comment

Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid – Washington Times.

Is Alaska’s Sean Parnell growing a backbone?

The more fights like this Alaska has with the federal government, the more (I hope) that people will come to understand that (hopefully, peaceful) secession is our only option. We can maintain cultural and diplomatic ties with the US, but we need to control our own resources and remove the colonial power from our land.

Nothing is standing in the way of this road, but an arbitrary rule written 2500 miles distant from the people it affects by people whose agenda is to keep Alaska under colonial control until such time that they can authorize the rape our resources for their own benefit rather than ours.

It’s our land! Get out!

Alaskans Want to Rejoin Russia?   3 comments

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No, actually we don’t. I’m not sure who is signing the petition, but I seriously doubt any actual Alaskans think this is a good idea. Alaskans are republican-libertarian-anarchist in our leanings. The Russian autocracy would not set well with us and Putin would not enjoy the relationship.

But the petition does make a point. Alaskans are fed up with the colonial relationship that the federal government maintains with us. We’re not a state. We’re treated like a frozen banana republic, not allowed to access our resources without complicated processes that often kill economic benefits because they take years to accomplish and forced to submit to a special level of regulation that most other states do not face.

Most Alaskans are Americans by birth or by heritage, but we are frustrated and, while most of us wouldn’t want to be part of Russia, we wouldn’t necessarily object to being an independent nation with a friendly relationship with the United States.

Alaska Question   Leave a comment

The United States government was forced to convert Alaska’s status from territory (colony) to state by the United Nations Charter that the United States Department of State authored. Observers have suggested that the US never expected the international community to hold it responsible for treating its own non-self-governed territories the same as it was expecting other countries to treat theirs. That sounds about right to me. On the spot, the US had no choice, but to transition Alaska from a colony to a state.

In that transition, however, the United States and the corporate interests that had controlled Alaska as a territory were determined not to relinquish control of Alaska’s lands and resources to the people of Alaska. Rather than convert our actual status, they swapped titles. The bondage remains. In order to hide what they were doing, the federal government promised Alaska a 90% share of resource development on federal lands in Alaska. Yah!

Sounds good … except that ANILCA eliminated development on almost all federal land in Alaska. Ninety percent of nothing is …. Oops! 

The promises the US government made to Alaska were as good as any treaty made to the American Indians, I guess.

You can argue whether the evidence provides proof of fraud. Was the fraud of statehood deliberate or just the result of clumsy latter-day handling?  Evidence is not proof. It’s unlikely the question will ever be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, so the debate will continue.

To be fair, there are Alaskans who rejoice at federal control. If you own an ecotourism business and spend your winters in Guatamala instead of making a home in Alaska, non-development is money in your pocket, so what’s the problem? 

For those of us who want to live here with more dignity than zoo animals, it matters. These land issues affect us every day in negative ways and if we are truly American citizens, we believe we are owed the same respect on conservation issues as would be given to a citizen living in New Jersey or California. Sadly, we are not treated like we are truly American citizens.

So do we go on fighting for legitimacy, knowing that if nothing has changed in 150 years it is unlikely to change any time soon, or do we cease striving to remain American citizens?

That is the question.


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