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 10 will transfer the parcel of land that includes the Unangax cemetery in Funter Bay from the Department of Natural Resources Division of Land Mining and Water to the Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation. The parcel will be added to the Funter Bay Marine park unit of the state park system for land management.

HB 10 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.

When the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands during WWII, the Unangax people were forcibly removed from the Pribilof Islands and interned in Southeast Alaska. 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 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.

This bill will protect the cemetery and surrounding area for future generations without any additional cost to the state.


 
REPRESENTATIVE SARA HANNAN

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

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


House Bill 104: Motor Fuels Tax

From the office of Representative Josephson


HB 110 – Electronic Smoking Products Excise Tax

From the office of Representative Hannan


House Bill 115 – Renewal or extension of aquatic farming and aquatic plant and shellfish hatchery site leases and requiring a report to the legislature.

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 123 – An Act Providing for State Recognition of Federally Recognized Tribes

From the office of Representative Zulkosky


Sectional Analysis HB 128 Version A

From the office of Representative Fields


HB 145: EXPAND PHARMACIST AUTHORITY

From the office of Representative Snyder


HB 149

From the office of Representative Fields


House Bill 155 – Court System Provide Visitors & Experts

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 162 – Fisheries Rehabilitation Permits

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 164 – Early Ed Programs; Reading; Virtual Ed

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 177 Revised Program: Appropriations

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 21 Sponsor Statement University of Alaska Faculty Regent

From the office of Representative Wool


House Bill 218 – “Smoke/Fire Dampers & Smoke Control Systems”

From the office of Representative Tuck


An Act relating to shared ownership; and relating to the sharing and sale of raw milk and raw milk products.

From the office of Representative Tarr


An Act relating to the Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska

From the office of Representative Hopkins


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 226

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act relating to municipal energy and resilience improvement assessment programs”

From the office of Representative Schrage


House Bill 234 – Version I

From the office of Representative Schrage


House Bill 246 Version A Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


An Act relating to public school funding for social and emotional learning; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Hopkins


House Bill 259 v. A

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


Sponsor Statement HB 26 version A

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 268, version B Sponsor Statement
“An Act relating to driver’s license renewal.”

From the office of Representative Merrick


Sponsor Statement HB 27 v. A
An Act naming the irene Webber Bridge.

From the office of Representative Stutes


“HB 272, An Act relating to education; increasing the base student allocation; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Story


"HB 273, An Act relating to education; increasing the base student allocation according to inflation; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 289 An Act establishing the Alaska marijuana industry task force

From the office of Representative Hopkins


HB 292: HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED WAIVER SERVICES

From the office of Representative Snyder


House Bill 297 – Military Member Child Protection Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Hopkins


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 30

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act modifying the boundary of Chugach State Park; directing the sale of land to the Eagle River Lions Club; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Merrick


House Bill 306 ver. A “Extending the termination date of the Board of Pharmacy.”

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 309 Version W Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


Observe Daylight Saving Time All Year

From the office of Representative Stutes


“An act relating to dress codes and natural hairstyles.”

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 331 – Self-Storage Units: Liens; Sales

From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 350 An Act relating to school bond debt reimbursement; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Drummond


“An Act naming the Bragaw Street overcrossing of the Glenn Highway the Insook Baik Bridge.”

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 358: Renewable Energy Grant Fund

From the office of Representative Edgmon


“An Act establishing the office of broadband; creating the broadband parity adjustment fund; establishing the Statewide Broadband Advisory Board; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Edgmon


House Bill 364 Perm Leg Cmte Appts/Unorganized House

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 372 – Eliminate Minimum Wage Exemption

From the office of Representative Tuck


An Act relating to voter preregistration for minors at least 16 years of age

From the office of Representative Hopkins


HB 392: EXPAND ADV. PRAC. REG. NURSE AUTHORITY Ver. B

From the office of Representative Snyder


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries; Fees

From the office of Representative Ortiz


Special Education Service Agency – Sunset Extension

From the office of Representative Story


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 45

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 47– Renaming the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council as the Council for Alaska Native Languages; and relating to the Council for Alaska Native Languages

From the office of Representative Story


An Act relating to sexual abuse of a minor; relating to sexual assault; relating to the code of military justice; relating to consent; relating to the testing of sexual assault examination kits; and providing for an effective date.

From the office of Representative Tarr


An Act establishing the Alaska Invasive Species Council in the Department of Fish and Game; relating to management of invasive species; relating to invasive species management decals; and providing for an effective date.

From the office of Representative Tarr


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 55

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 57

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act relating to solemnization of marriage.”

From the office of Representative Claman


Sponsor Statement House Bill 63

From the office of Representative Stutes


An Act relating to regional fisheries development associations; and related to developing fishery management assessments

From the office of Representative Stutes


Elections, Voting, Ballots

From the office of Representative Tuck


Prohibition of Conversion Therapy on Youth and Vulnerable Adults

From the office of Representative Hannan


HB 9—The Education Funding Act

From the office of Representative Hannan


House Bill 90 Sponsor Statement Version A Rental vehicles; Vehicle rental networks; Vehicle rental taxes

From the office of Representative Wool


An Act relating to the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board; relating to the practice of physical therapy; and relating to the practice of occupational therapy.

From the office of Representative Claman