10 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 2009 — State Sen. Albert Kookesh believes Alaska Natives might be forced to file a class action lawsuit against the federal government to restore the subistence rights promised under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Kookesh, D-Angoon, who is facing trial for a $500 state subsistence fishing citation, gave a video statement Friday to the Alaska Native Sisterhood 97th Grand Camp Convention that criticized the state for trampling on subsistence rights. He was in Washington, D.C. for much of the five-day convention.

“We need to get away from the state as much as we can,” he said. “They are not our friend. They’ve proven that time and times again. Let’s make the federal government responsible and sue them if we have to.”

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 1994 — ANCHORAGE — Native leaders from across Alaska recommended Tuesday that their villages assume a stronger role in the fight against alcoholism, sex abuse and welfare dependence.

“Our tribes can do things to help their people that the state will not allow municipalities to do,” said John Schaeffer of Kotzebue, who directed the special delegation of about 200 village leaders.Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Alaska Federation of Natives, which officially opens its annual convention on Thursday.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 13, 1969 — FT. RICHARDSON — Notice of a critical housing situation in Fairbanks, Alaska, near Ft. Wainwright, has been sent to the Department of the Army by the Commanding General, U.S. Army, Alaska.

Off-post housing, as well as parking spaces for mobile homes in the immediate area are virtually unavailable because of the impact of business activities relating to the oil lease sales and petroleum activities on Alaska’s North Slope.

Occupancy of transient facilities also is severely limited. The situation, poor now, will become even more difficult in the spring.

75 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 1944 — ALLIED HEADQUARTERS ON NEW GUINEA ISLAND — Balik-Papan, the source of 15 per cent of Japan’s aviation gasoline and lubricating oil was bombed four hours Sunday by night raiding American Liberators. They attacked refineries and airdromes. This was the fifth strike in recent weeks on the Borneo base, announced by Gen. D. MacArthur. The bombers, operating from advanced bases, already has heavily crippled Japan’s 3,000,000-barrel capacity refineries at Balik Papan on Borneo’s east coast.

Gen. MacArthur’s communique also reported an air raid on oil stores at Poela.

It is among targets of Amboina-Ceram sector, and was blasted with 74 tons of explosives Monday.

Six barges of Japanese trying to sneak into Morotai, 300 miles south of Philippines were sunk.