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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:02 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Land rush

Nov. 5, 2012

To the editor:

The government and big business are planning to open up the land in Alaska. This includes a road to Nome, the upper Kobuk River mineral project and a gas pipeline that runs into Southwest Alaska for the Donlin Creek gold mine.

When the government first settled the land, it put the Natives and their allotments far from the true cities and American dream. This was to keep the Natives in a tougher spot, out of the way and relying on hand-outs while the big businesses utilized and thrived off of the majority of the land.

Today, the government and big business leaders, unlike back then, know that these Natives are now sitting on a huge high card. This high card is the fact that to get these minerals, oil, big game animals, etc., they must cross or dig into these Native lands.

I do not trust Doyon Limited after seeing it push the bogus Yukon Flats land exchange. I feel concerned that my corporation and its board members tried to push the shareholders to accept the exchange proposal that was about 90 percent in favor of the U.S. government.

When it comes to future projects, I hope that it is not too late and this does not occur with Doyon, NANA Inc. or any corporation land or Native allotments.

Ricko DeWilde

Fairbanks

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