Controversy over a logging project near Yakutat in Southeast Alaska has intensified. The local tribe, an archaeologist and others say a site that’s being logged is home to centuries-old ruins that could provide clues into the history of Southeast Alaska’s Indigenous people. “We know we had a village there," said tribal council member, Victoria Demmert. "And we know there are historical sites there and we want Yak-Tat Kwaan to stop and let archaeologists get in there before everything's destroyed.”
Yakutat's village corporation, Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc. cites opposition to the Khantaak logging operation as its reason for shutting down. Yet, shareholders say the corporation set itself up for failure by taking out loans, acquiring equipment, and getting into more debt without communicating with shareholders.