I received a couple of alerts today related to Native corporations' opposition to Ballot Measure 4.
Two events are scheduled for tomorrow - one, an "exclusive" item on Andrew Halcro's blog; another, a press conference led by Native corporations opposed to the ballot measure.
Here's a press release about the Native corporations' anti-Measure 4 media blitz:
ANCHORAGE - Three leading Native organizations have launched multi-media, statewide paid advertising campaigns to educate residents on the devastating impacts of Ballot Measure 4.
The three separate campaigns - sponsored by the ANCSA Regional Association, Calista Corporation and NANA Regional Corporation - target audiences statewide and will be profiled at a media event this Wednesday, August 13 (Pebble blog note: this event will be at Chugach Alaska Corp.'s new headquarters at 10:30 a.m.)
"With the gas line in flux and the current energy crisis mounting, the last thing we need to do is threaten an industry that provides jobs for families, helps fund our schools and is essential for our self-reliance,"
said Willie Hensley, NANA's first chairman and one of the authors of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
"Once again, outside interest groups seek to challenge and adversely affect our ability to responsibly manage our lands in a way that will sustain future generations," said Sheri Buretta, Chairman of Chugach
Alaska and President of the ANCSA Regional Association.
"Despite what supporters tell you, Ballot Measure 4 is deceptive and deceiving because it affects all mines and threatens our ability to develop our natural resources," Matthew Nicolai, Calista's President/CEO adds: "The 7(i) payments shared with Calista over the years from Red Dog Mine royalties, along with the 7(j) payments our village corporations received, have provided a critical source of revenue. Ballot Measure 4 threatens to take this away along with our prospect of developing Donlin Creek and jeopardizes a major source of economic stimulus within our region."
Campaigns will be previewed and Native leaders from all corporations will be in attendance for questions and interviews.