REPRESENTATIVE SARA HANNAN

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"An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date."

HB 122 will transfer the parcel of land the Unangax cemetery in Funter Bay is on from the Department of Natural Resources Division of Land Mining and Water to the Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation. The cemetery parcel will be added to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system for land management.

HB 122 will preserve the cemetery and ensure its protection so that we may remember those who died and recognize the social and historical significance of the site.

The Unangax people were forcibly removed from the Pribilof Islands and interned in Southeast Alaska when the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands during WWII. Some were sent to Killisnoo near Angoon, others were sent to Burnett Inlet, some were sent to other Southeast locations and the rest were sent to Funter Bay near Juneau. They were given little notice and the villagers could take only what they could carry. It was hasty and very traumatic. The Unangax were abandoned in old cannery bunk houses not meant to house so many people and not built for protection from winter’s harshness. Entire families were sheltered in small cubicles that were separated sometimes only by blankets. The living conditions were unsanitary and there was inadequate food supply, no medical care, and no facilities for bathing, cooking or using the bathroom.

Less than 30 miles away in Excursion Inlet, 700 Nazi Afrika Korps officers were imprisoned at a POW camp. The Nazis, sworn enemies of the United States and allies, were treated far better than the Unangax because their conditions were guaranteed by international law. The 700 German prisoners all returned home after the war without a single one dying during their imprisonment.

Back on the Pribilofs, the homes of the Unangax were occupied by the U.S. military and looted, vandalized and some were even burned down. The Unangax men were forced back to the Pribilofs to harvest seal during the summer months because the revenue was a source of income for the U.S. government. The men did not want to leave their families but were told that they would not be permitted to return to their homes after the war if they did not help harvest seal. This is a disturbing parallel to when the Russians enslaved the Unangax nearly two centuries earlier and forced them to harvest seal on the then uninhabited Pribilofs.

The Unangax were left in the camp almost two years after it was considered safe to return home. The deadly conditions of the camp left the Unangax people to suffer needlessly. As a direct result of this policy, many Unangax interned in Southeast died and some are buried in a cemetery in Funter Bay. The descendants of those who were lost have maintained the grave sites for 75 years.


 
REPRESENTATIVE SARA HANNAN

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

"An Act relating to exemptions from mortgage loan originator licensing requirements; and providing for an effective date"

From the office of Representative Wilson


"An Act Relating to Claims Against Protection and Indemnity Insurance Policies of Vessel Owners"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school enrollment for certain children of active duty military members"

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the transfer of the title to a vehicle, including certain manufactured homes and trailers, on the death of the owner; allowing a person to act for the surviving spouse of a decedent to make a demand of the personal representative of the decedent’s estate related to enforcing a liability against real property or an interest in real property transferred at death by a transfer on death deed; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


"An Act relating to a workforce enhancement program for health care professionals employed in the state; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 117 – Municipal regulation of trapping

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act Relating to Protective Orders"

From the office of Representative Kopp


Strategically strengthening our laws will reduce Alaska’s sky-high crime rate. This bill will improve public safety by stiffening criminal procedures.

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Hannan


“An Act relating to sentencing for vehicle theft in the first degree.”

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act relating to the Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and relating to the sale of milk, milk products, raw milk, and raw milk products."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act requiring law enforcement agencies to send sexual assault examination kits for testing within six months after collection; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act relating to insurance coverage for contraceptives and related services; and relating to medical assistance coverage for contraceptives and related services."

From the office of Representative Claman


Confining Vehicle Loads

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

From the office of Representative Tarr


“An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 30: The Abigail Caudle Act

From the office of Representative Josephson


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries

From the office of Representative Ortiz


House Bill 44, "Automated Teller Machines: Fees"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"Establishing May 15th as Hmong American Veterans Day"

From the office of Representative Tarr


"Military Work Experience"

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act establishing the month of February as Black History Month."

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act relating to the liability of an excavator for damaging an underground facility"

From the office of Representative Claman


House Bill 81: An Act prohibiting disposable shopping bags; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 82: Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for HB 86

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act extending the liquefied natural gas storage facility tax credit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Thompson


From the office of Representative Johnston


From the office of Representative Johnston


"An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for certain nonresident professionals; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 96

From the office of Representative Fields


From the office of Representative Edgmon


Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of regular sessions of the Legislature

From the office of Representative Claman


Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund; POMV; Dividend

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Urging the United States Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 without an exemption for tribal governments in the state and to support Savanna’s Act and highlight the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

From the office of Representative Zulkosky