In the letter to the editor on Tuesday from Richard Beasley, a shareholder is asking for a "no" vote from other shareholders. I disagree.
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When our great-grandparents and grandparents were donating money for the land claims act when it started, they knew that they were not going to get anything for themselves from this act. They were doing this for those to come after them. I do not think that they would have planned to leave out the potential 30,000 nonshareholders.
I believe this is going to be a very tough sell for Sealaska, but I applaud them for putting this to a vote. People who have kids that do not have shares in any of the Native corporations should be encouraged to vote for this. I am very much in favor of this vote.
One of my own children had a chance to further his education, but he was told that because he did not have any Native corporation shares he could not be helped. That very day I went to Sealaska and gave him some of my shares. I did the same for my other two kids; I did not want them to miss out if they wanted to further their education.
I would ask everyone to search their feelings and vote! They need to vote and not let this pass by. If only one vote will decide this - so be it! It is that important for the Natives of Southeast Alaska.
Reginald W. Marvin