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    Hensley’s swipe at Palin shows his ‘qivit’ KEVIN RAMEY September 02, 2009 at 11:48AM AKST I for one have had it with our politicians … William L.
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      Hensley’s swipe at Palin shows his ‘qivit’

      KEVIN RAMEY

      September 02, 2009 at 11:48AM AKST

      I for one have had it with our politicians … William L. Hensley made comment over former Gov. Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Alaska’s governor (“Palin’s ‘qivit’ leaves Alaska cold,’ Aug. 20).
       
      Hensley is “qivit” in the true sense of the word, as he sold out Alaska Natives all his political career! For him to feel self-righteous and lay out his facts in some kind of poor attempt at yet another Palin discredit attempt is appalling. The legislative action creating an ex parte adhesion three-party contract known as “Alaska Natives Settlement Act of Dec. 18, 1971 (ANCSA)” was in reality a way for the world’s largest corporations behind Washington, D.C., Inc. to plunder Alaska’s vast resources at the expense of its first people.
       
      It was long known by the U.S. government that Alaska held vast natural resources that needed to be tapped into for future energy needs. The problem it faced moving forward was aboriginal claims to the land ownership. Let me tell you the “Treaty of Cessions” didn’t achieve ownership. The assimilation of Alaska’s Natives for land and resources, process was failing. Attempts such as “Alaska Native Allotment Act” and “Alaska Native Town Site Act” were crude attempts to put Native land owners in check, but wisdom of the elders wasn’t buying it which shifted gears in Washington to spur a new plan.
       
      This was achieved with statehood being passed as a vehicle for the resources, followed closely by ANCSA on Dec. 18, 1971. ANCSA was legislative as opposed to judicial as it was meant to push an ex parte relinquishment of aboriginal from land claims. A judicial process would have taken many years to complete and the quit claim deed the U.S. government was relying on to claim land ownership wouldn’t have standing as you can’t adhere a quit claim to land ownership. A quit claim deed is an instrument for exchanging property. Property is what sits on top of the land and is separate from land ownership. In America, land can’t be bought or sold but granted. Property is what you purchase when buying a home on a lot known as real estate. In essence a property deed is an illusion of land ownership in the real sense. ANCSA made Alaska’s Native population land owners with its land grants and reconveyance process such as were required under ANCSA provisions in 14 (c) 1, 2 ... a reconveyance process largely yet to be implemented.
       
      Hensley played a large role in the assimilation ANCSA process as a “qivit” to future generations of Alaska’s first people yet born. Pat yourself on the back for that accomplishment, Hensley! The future of Alaska Natives was put in your hands and you are largely the father of dysfunction in Alaska’s villages we see today.
       
      For you to take unfounded pot shots at Palin is amazing. It would have been better for you to look inside your own faults and work to ensure Alaska’s first people indeed (no pun intended) received a “fair and just settlement” as was an opening statement to the act that has wreaked havoc on innocent lives in the name of profits. Under ANCSA, Alaska’s Natives were to receive millions of acres in land grants as well as about $968 million you rounded out at $1 billion. What’s amazing is where that figure actually sprang from? Do you know?
       
      “In 22 oil lease sales it held prior to the Prudhoe Bay discoveries, the State netted less than $100 million. Following the Prudhoe Bay discoveries, the state sold leases for more than $900 million in a single day, Sept. 10, 1969. It was widely believed that America’s energy problems could be solved if the oil could be brought to market. Plans to construct an 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez in the south got under way. National oil companies and contractors made enormous investments in anticipation of pipeline construction and were anxious to recover them. But the Federal Government could issue no permits for pipeline construction until the Alaska Natives’ claims to the land were settled.”
       
      This paragraph came from the 1985 study performed by the Department of the Interior to be submitted to Congress per law. It says and explains much, as well as what was the real reason behind a legislative action as opposed to judicial. It’s much of what Willie failed to disclose in his article to discredit another.
       
      So, Willie, before you get into a mudslinging match by yourself or your cohorts (e.g. Mr. Borbridge and the abolishing of “Alaska Native Brotherhood to form AFN Inc.) behind ANCSA passage and dysfunctional implementation, look into your own closet and know your own words can come right back to you. If you want to call another a “qivit,” make sure you have the right to use the word and also that it doesn’t come back around to where it really belongs!

      Kevin Francis Ramey is a city of Togiak council member and has studied Native land issues since 1987. He can be reached at birdmankfr@... or 907-493-5162.
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