Here is one response I got when asking around about information on Attu survivors and their descendants:
Have you heard of the "Aleut-L" list serv? I think that may help you in your efforts on your research. Take a look at the link below and it will show you how to join the list serv and from there, you can send a message, like the one below, and other Aleuts and people interested in the Aleut culture and history will get the email and be able to respond to you with their opinions, stories, etc. http://lists.uaa.alaska.edu/mailman/listinfo/aleut-l
I am not sure how active it is but these list groups send an email to your address each time someone writes a post and responds. You can choose to get the 'digest' version that is done at the end of the day of all posts that day or get them as they come in.
Here is an online version of a newspaper I came across today that is called The Tundra Drums. The Tundra is the northern areas of Alaska and I live in the south-central part so it is a different area then mine but still might interest anyone who wants to learn more about Alaska and it's indigenous population. http://www.thetundradrums.com/
This is the article that made me buy the paper when I saw it: http://www.thetundradrums.com/news/story/6268
Tribes Seek Changes in ANSCA (Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act) and is very interesting to me as I also feel this way.
For one thing, tribal chiefs weren’t consulted before ANCSA passed, and those chiefs never ceded their authority, said Brad Garness, acting executive director of AITC. Also, without land, the tribes struggle to generate revenue and solve longstanding problems, including high rates of unemployment and suicide in rural Alaska.
And why it is very important to get this addressed:
Those Natives can become shareholders if their elders pass shares onto them, or if corporations expand their shareholder rolls to include them, a decision most corporations haven’t made.
My corporation is The Aleut Corporation and they say we will get less checks then now if we open our rolls to our kids. So they are left out of the loop so to speak and this is wrong!
One especially disturbing element is But TKC is planning to give land to tribes through a unique agreement with the state, which governs village corporations. since what do you do if the state is corrupt or cares more for non-native peoples then us?
Just some things I thought might interest people. Thanks for reading,
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