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Steven and Catherine Attla, Interview 1, Part 2

This is a continuation of an interview with Steven and Catherine Attla by Wendy Arundale on July 22, 1992 in Huslia, Alaska. This is a continuation from tape number Oral History 93-15-21.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 93-15-22

Project: Gates of the Arctic National Park
Date of Interview: Jul 22, 1992
Narrator(s): Steven Attla, Sr., Catherine Attla
Interviewer(s): Wendy Arundale
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Storekeepers and traders along the river

2) Jack Sackett, long-time trader

3) Land claims (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act)

4) Local effects and changes brought on by the land claims

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Section 1: Notti, Joe\ children -- Abel; Freddy; Beverly; Stanley\ mother -- Madeline; Ruby\ Dulbi -- 1927; store\ guns -- for sale\ Notti, Joe -- too kind for business\ Dulbi -- gave too much away; went broke\ Lobovski, Mike -- took over store; went to Yukon after one year\ Cutoff -- Labovski too stingy\ Notti -- had barge\ store -- Steven worked in it\ gun -- bought .22 single shot for a no good mink skin\ fur -- same as money|

Section 2: Sackett, Jack\ storekeeper\ Vernetti, Dominic -- stocked Sackett to start\ dispute -- Vernetti failed to pay Sackett for working store; court, Sackett got store\ Sackett -- kind, but not modern\ trader -- had role of teaching Native people how to do things\ Sackett -- didn't keep people up to date|

Section 3: 1971 -- worried about it\ Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act -- eventually realized it was the best thing\ concerns -- people feared they might be forced off the land\ Sackett, John -- wrote Catherine in 1972 to ask her to teach about land claims in villages\ Fairbanks -- three weeks training; twelve people\ learning -- new words like "contiguous"\ villages -- went to eleven to teach\ Allakaket\ Koyukuk\ Tanana\ historic sites -- good provision\ Native Allotments\ surface rights -- bothers us\ dividend|

Section 4: guiding licenses -- proposal to issue\ Huslia\ opportunity -- for young people, guiding would help\ tourism -- good thing if done with respect\ role model -- try to be that for all kids\ grandparents -- showed us how to live\ parents -- worked so hard they didn't make it to old age\ Attla, George Sr. -- became chief in Huslia, 1950\ guiding -- he wanted somebody to do that from Huslia; people were against it\ Kotzebue -- friend from tried to get Steven to guide|