PUBLISHED: 4:49 PM on Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Concerned about spraying
I am writing regarding my concerns about the aerial spraying on Long Island. I'm a life long resident of Hydaburg, Alaska and have no plans to leave. For as far back as I can remember we've picked berries, gotten clams, fished and hunted on Long Island. It belonged to the Haida people and there is an old village site there called Howkan. Our ancestors lived there before moving to Sukkwan and then on to Hydaburg. They did a lot of subsistence gathering on Long Island as well. The village site is still very pristine. When you first walk into where the village used to be, you notice the quiet because of the tall trees there. You may see deer, bears, smaller animals and birds there when you walk in the old village site. It is almost like walking into a cathedral it's that awe inspiring.

To destroy all that our ancestors worked for is like desecrating their graves, the beliefs they had, the way of life that they led. There is a lot of berries, clams, fish, etc. to be gathered there and more to gather for years to come but not if the aerial spraying is allowed. The animals will die off and/or become deformed, the plant life will die and the run off of the poison will get into the sea and disrupt the sea life as well. Most important is human lives. Who's to say there won't be deformities in our unborn and very young or the very old? Why would anyone deliberately poison other human beings and the land on which they live? There is much to be said about preserving our land and the people who subsist there on Long Island. There is a natural spring there that will be poisoned forever. There are generations of people who depend on the subsistence gathered in and around Long Island from year to year. My family and I will gather subsistence from Long Island and around Long Island both now and in the future, so I am asking you as a direct descendent of the Haida people and a Hydaburg resident that you do not spray, please don't poison our land, our sea and our air. Haw'aa. Thank you.

Frances C. Natkong