04.18.1939–This Day in Alaska History

“Events do not happen in categories–economic, intellectual, military–they happen in sequence. When they are arranged in sequence as strictly as possible…cause and effect that may have been previously obscure, will often become clear, like secret ink.”

Quoted From: Barbara W. Tuchman “Practicing History: Selected Essays

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1939–President Theodore Roosevelt signs the proclamation that significantly increases the size of Glacier Bay National Monument by transferring more than 1,000 square miles of land from the Tongass National Forest to the monument. Originally, the monument was created on February 26th, 1925, by President Calvin Coolidge. At the time, it included 1,820 square miles. The primary purpose for extending the monument is to provide a sanctuary for the Alaska brown bear. The decision illustrates the conflict between the desire of the National Park Service to present tourists with an opportunity to observe bears at close range in a habitat without people, and the customary use of the same salmon streams by the Huna Tlingits, according to A National Treasure or A Stolen Heritage: The Administrative History of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve with a Focus on Subsistence, by Norman Staton. The actions were taken without regard to the biological or legal implications of Native use of the area and were a defeat for the Natives of Hoonah, whose aboriginal territory and contemporary hunting, fishing and gathering grounds extend the full length of Glacier Bay.

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Cited From: “Alaska Native History Day by Day, A Reference In Time, edited by Alexandra J. McClanahan and published by The CIRI Foundation, 2001.

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