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Testimony

Submitted to the
Alaska Natives Commission
in connection with a hearing at

Nome, Alaska
September 21, 1992

ALASKA NATIVES COMMISSION
JOINT FEDERAL-STATE COMMISSION
ON
POLICIES AND PROGRAMS AFFECTING ALASKA NATIVES
4000 Old Seward Highway, Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

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ALASKA NATIVES COMMISSION
HEARING
Nome, ALASKA
SEPTEMBER 21, 1992

Deposition Exhibit #5 - Testimony of Stanton Katchatag

Mr. Chairman, Members of Alaska Native Commission, Special Guest, Visitors, Spectators, Mr. Mayor of Hosting City of Nome, AK., Ladies and Gentleman:
My name is Stanton Katchatag of Unalakleet, AK., which I feel is one of City of Nome's very close neighbor in this Region which make me feel qualified to participate in this hearing.

I have been involved in various organization in Local, Regional, and State wide level that has been striving to promote, and to improve our standard of living in the same categories that this Commission is now seeking to focus on, as they undertake to perform the purpose of this task, which is long over due, but by all means necessary and still in demand.

Health, Education, Economics, Governance, and Social and Cultural matters are indeed the core, and central demands relevant to all urban and rural society. Therefore, as one of many identified native leaders I express my whole hearted support, and Blessings as you join our endeavors to establish meaningful and effective services to our people in our environment. The health of our future will be the result of the mechanism of tomorrow so we must find ways to stay healthy, physically and politically and spiritually.

The education of our generation will rely on how well we use and prosper in performing our responsibilities today in this important field rapidly changing situation for survival in all walks of life. The achievements in Education is like a tool box in skills of any trade. They must be utilized to perform their purpose.

The base line of Economy changes no matter where a person, family, or a group chooses to live along with the changes of time and challenge. Example when I was growing up subsistence, hunting, trapping and trading were the basic economy. The commercializing of most of these resources are effecting most people in our region in adverse conditions. I strongly believe change effecting economy should first find alternative to meet the demands effecting the economy. The same applies in Governance. Any Governing system has people behind who relies to perform in their favor and their life style. To me this is a reasonable Government because there is no Government without the people behind it, and not only are the people behind but they are the structure, so to have a strong and effective Government, people must be committed to live for, and even die for their Government or the Government will not stand.

I have seen this happen with my own political eyes, and I'm sure you have. The social and cultural matters are tied in and are the Bonds and Frame work which hold any and all Governments together.

Finally in closing, IRA and Traditional Councils are sovereign not only in nature but, Grandparents of all after born Government whether recognized or not, we may at times seem ancient but we are struggling to keep up with Jones' for the sake of our country, its' adopted people and our resources, we are not anti-Government, we simply ask fare share in Government to Government Relations with all Government.

Thank you and God Bless.


 

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