The Sitka School Board is not backing away from its decision to ask the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to help rename Baranof Elementary School, despite some after-the-fact public opposition that may have racist undertones.
The Sitka Police Department is nearing the end of a two-year period marred by several lawsuits brought by former employees. At a recent assembly meeting municipal attorney Brian Hanson reported that the last of the three suits, a sexual harassment claim against the city by former detective Mary Ferguson, is pending settlement.
But as that tumultuous period for the Sitka Police Department draws to a close, new accusations of racism and use of force within the organization have emerged, fueled by the growing national conversation about policing.
Alaska Native knowledge is becoming more valued in Sitka’s schools, but there’s still much work to be done toward racial equity. That’s the message the ANB/ANS delivered to the Sitka School Board.