Redoubt Falls: Local Impacts of Alaska Native Reparations
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- Sovereignty; Indigenous; Political Efficacy; Reparations; Restorative Justice; Subsistence; Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
This paper describes a local conflict in Sitka, Alaska concerning public access to subsistence salmon harvesting at Redoubt Falls. Ownership of the falls is a source of ongoing friction between environmental conservationist and Alaska Native Tlingit groups as the site holds both historical and ecological significance. The following paper outlines the conflict, identifies key stakeholders, and finally analyzes Redoubt Falls in context of the system of corporatized Native land ownership set in place by congress through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Environmental justice scholar Margaret Urban Walker's theory of restorative justice is used as a key framework of analysis.