ACTION LINE: President of Central Council discusses transboundary river concerns

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - The Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is paying very close attention to Transboundary mining developments in Canada which pose a potential hazard to value fishing grounds in Southeast Alaska.

    Central Council President Richard Peterson talked about that on Action Line Thursday.

    Peterson traveled to Canada to address the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations on this matter  this fall.

    "It was a great opportunity to talk to our indigenous brothers and sisters there in Victoria. Our concern is we have about five major rivers that feed us here in Southeast Alaska, and every one of them has some form of development - mining or otherwise - on the other side of the border. We really just wanted to meet and talk with them to establish a dialogue and kind of get on the same sheet of music with them."

    Peterson feels they're gaining some ground on the matter, but welcomes U. S. State Department involvement.

    "We're hoping they can get us at the table and get us recognized so that we have a voice."

    We asked how he believes this matter will be addressed by the incoming Trump Adminsitration.

    "You know, I'm trying to remain hopeful. It's hard because, with everything that's put out there, he seems to go in one direction and then he kind of switches back on that. Right now, I'm just going to try to remain hopeful."

    Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Peterson commenting on Action Line.

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