CBJ requests public comments on Indian Point future

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Public comments are welcomed until December 15.

    Much of a 78-acre parcel of land known as Indian Point is owned by the City and Borough of Juneau. The land, which has a complex history, is an original village site of the Aak’w Kwáan, or the Auk People. As the city begins discussion on possible actions regarding Indian Point, it seeks information and comments from the public on the site’s history.


    “We’re just at the beginning of carefully examining and discussing what to do with Indian Point,” City Manager Rorie Watt said. “We want to make sure staff, the Assembly and community members are working from a shared understanding of Indian Point. We want to have all the pieces and make sure we’re not missing anything.”


    The question of doing something with the land has been a recurring issue for years. Most recently, Mayor Ken Koelsch reported at the Sept. 18 Assembly meeting that he had met with Tlingit elder Marie Olson of the Aak’w Kwáan and officials at Goldbelt Inc. regarding Indian Point, and asked the Lands Committee to work on the topic.


    An update on Indian Point was discussed during the October 23 Lands Committee meeting. That’s when the Assembly decided to reach out to the public for information on the site’s history. Read CBJ’s 7-page draft synopsis of the history of Indian Point here. The information was part of the Lands Committee agenda item on the site, which includes supporting documents.


    The public is encouraged to submit comments and information regarding Indian Point’s history to city.clerk@juneau.org or to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 155 S. Seward St. Juneau, Alaska 99801. Comments are due Dec. 15 and will be discussed at a January Lands Committee meeting.


    For more information, contact City Manager Rorie Watt at 586-5240 or rorie.watt@juneau.org.



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