HJR 32: Encouraging the United States Board on Geographic Names to adopt place name changes proposed by the Alaska Historical Commission.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 32 01 Encouraging the United States Board on Geographic Names to adopt place name 02 changes proposed by the Alaska Historical Commission. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS Alaskans have lived in the land now known as Alaska for at least 10,000 05 years and perhaps as many as 30,000 years; and 06 WHEREAS strangers from other lands have arbitrarily named Alaska geographic 07 features, disregarding the names commonly used by Alaska Native peoples; and 08 WHEREAS some of the names given to geographic features in Alaska do not have a 09 direct connection with Alaska or its peoples, but instead reflect a stranger's desire to honor a 10 patron, gain favor with a political figure, or honor a college; and 11 WHEREAS Alaska's Native peoples are endeavoring to preserve as much Native 12 culture and heritage as possible; and 13 WHEREAS Alaska historians are trying to preserve Alaska's known history; and 14 WHEREAS the United States Department of the Interior is actively collecting and 15 recording original names from Alaska Native elders and from pioneers; and 16 WHEREAS Alaskans desire to honor their Native citizens and traditions and Alaska's
01 pioneers; 02 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the United 03 States Department of the Interior to adopt policies for the United States Board on Geographic 04 Names that would allow and encourage the board to adopt place name changes proposed by 05 the Alaska Historical Commission. 06 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Gale Norton, United States 07 Secretary of the Interior; Roger L. Payne, Executive Secretary, U.S. Board on Geographic 08 Names; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. 09 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 10 delegation in Congress.