I am a student at Juneau-Douglas High School. I am writing to you because something has been brought to my attention. Today (Feb. 3) there was a meeting at Marie Drake regarding some recent racial occurrences that have been happening right here in our school. There have been a select few that have been holding up signs on busses referring negatively toward Native students. Being a Native student myself I felt offended and hurt, along with the other 100 or so students and adults. But I was even more offended when I heard that little action had been taken to punish this wrongdoing. I am also ashamed that our community would allow something like this to happen. Although the meeting had a good turnout we still have sadly not found a resolution for this ongoing problem.
Although I am only a 16-year-old girl, I am still willing to help find a way to deal with this. Elizabeth Peratrovich has cleared the path for us, but it is now time to build our road to justice. I would also like to say that I am proud of the people who showed up to the meeting: Thank you. It shows that people are willing to pull together to resolve this and other issues. After all, "the answer is right in front of you and you are on the verge of discovering it."
Erin M. Samaniego-Howard
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