Tag: Valorie Nelson

Sitkans gather to demand the relocation of controversial Baranov Statue

The question of what we choose to honor with statues and memorials in this country has resurfaced in recent months. All over Alaska, people have been arguing for the removal of statues of European colonists because they represent a painful history of colonization for Alaska’s Native communities. And this week, conversation over a controversial memorial reemerged in Sitka.  Read More

A Covid-free Sitka to quarantine incoming seasonal workers

The Sitka Assembly has passed a controversial ordinance that would place tight restrictions on seasonal workers coming to Sitka -- tighter, in fact, than already required under a mandate from the governor. And while most on the assembly believe tough rules are necessary right now, there is concern over whether the city might be overstepping its bounds, and facing a legal challenge from state government.  Read More

Questions emerge following delivery of Sitka’s Roadless resolution

A lengthy delay in delivering Sitka’s official position on the proposed “Roadless Rule” exemption to Congress has left some residents wondering if city hall hoped to downplay the resolution. Recently-released public records indicate that only one member of Alaska’s delegation received the “No Action” resolution following a vote by the Sitka Assembly last fall, and it was delivered with a letter that had not received assembly approval. Read More

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