By Jonathan Grass
SOS attorney Tim McKeever sent a letter to the Department on Wednesday saying it believed three initiative opponents were on Nondalton grounds the previous day pushing a partisan objective illegally.
The letter states Lake and Peninsula Borough Mayor Glen Alsworth, Former Calista Corp. chief executive Matthew Nicolai and Native actor Wes Studi were distributing anti-SOS materials during school hours. None of these three could be reached for comment by press time.
It states this violates multiple laws against using school resources during school hours for political activity. The letter cites Alaska Statute 14.03.090 as stating, “Partisan, sectarian, or denominational doctrines may not be advocated in a public school during the hours the school is in session. A teacher or school board violating this section may not receive public money.”
By Shannyn Moore
He's only acting, and I shouldn't be disappointed. I got my movie ticket's worth. But that's why we buy tickets in the first place: We want to believe even though we know, intellectually, it's all pretend.
Mr. Studi has a new role. He's been hired by the Pebble Partnership to tour villages in the Bristol Bay region and pose as one of their own to sell them enough toxicity to ruin their way of life.
Alaskans for Bristol Bay alleged that opponents of the Save our Salmon ballot initiative were distributing flyers at a school. The complainant accused Lake and Peninsula Borough Mayor Glen Alsworth, Matthew Nicolai and Native actor Wes Studi of distributing political flyers to students.
The school principal and superintendent state that this never happened and APOC quickly dismissed the complaint. Lake and Peninsula Superintendent Ty Mase says it appears the flyers were posted on a public bulletin board by students without approval.
Studi apparently wasn't handing out flyers. He's never evinced interest in Alaska issues or personal activism before, so that's believable. But the claim that he's working for Pebble still stands.
One could argue that working for economic development is pro-Native because Natives need jobs. But traditionally, Natives value the land and the environment over mercenary considerations. If you have to be paid to take a company's position, your motives are automatically suspect.
For more on the subject, see Native Woman Shills for Pebble.