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Jack Boone
Jack Boone

Jack Boone with interviewed on July 13, 1991 by William Schneider and Dan O'Neill at the Boone's general store in Eagle, Alaska. Because this interview took place in the Boone's store, there are a few interruptions to accommodate store customers. In this interview, Jack talks about local concerns about the National Park Service and establishment of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, the protest actions carried out, and the effect of establishment of the Preserve. He traces the conflicts with the National Park Service back to earlier confrontations with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in which BLM forced people off of public lands. Several incidents on the tape illustrate how this set the tone for negative feelings about the National Park Service and other government agencies. Jack emphasizes the perceived threat to subsistence lifestyles of the people in the Yukon-Charley area and the changes that have come about in the area because of the presence of the National Park Service.

Digital Asset Information

Archive #: Oral History 91-22-08

Project: Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Date of Interview: Jul 13, 1991
Narrator(s): Jack Boone
Interviewer(s): Dan O'Neill, Bill Schneider
Location of Interview:
Funding Partners:
National Park Service
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1) Development of local attitudes in Eagle towards government agencies

2) Antiquities Act withdrawals, events leading up to the establishment of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, and reactions in Eagle

3) Results they saw from their protests and making their opinions known

4) Jack's personal involvement in protest actions

5) The "net effect" of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

6) Whether or not he sees any positive results from the establishment of the Preserve

7) His personal history

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Section 1: Eagle - attitudes\ D-2\ Gravel Gulch\ mining - Gravel Gulch\ Bureau of Land Management - regulations\ regulations - enforcement\ government agencies - harassment\ bush living - importance\ Eagle City Council\ National Register of Historic Places\ National Trust for Historic Preservation\ historic preservation\ concept of history|

Section 2: D-2\ Native land\ lands - selection\ Eagle - attitudes\ Bureau of Land Management\ river people\ lifestyle - subsistence\ Yukon-Charley - impact\ Yukon-Charley - headquarters\ Antiquities Act - protest\ "trespass" protest - story\ Austin, Jeff\ protests - signs\ National Park Service - attitudes toward\ Waugh, Julie - story\ Brown, Bill\ Alaskan values - hospitality\ mock graves - protests|

Section 3: preserve versus park\ regulations - enforcement\ cabins - permits\ subsistence - perpetuation\ river people - attrition\ Eagle - attitudes\ river people - relationships with other groups\ Evans, Dave\ Sager, Mike\ Able, Seymour\ Wilson, Errol\ Cook, Dick\ Brown, Randy\ Gaudio, John\ river people - purism\ bush living - importance\ lifestyles - subsistence|

Section 4: Eagle Action Together\ Eagle City Council\ "give me liberty or give me a better compromise with the king"\ human only species that can be hunted with a helicopter\ protests - quotes|

Section 5: river people - attrition\ mining - restrictions\ Yukon-Charley - impact\ Yukon-Charley - headquarters\ subsistence - perpetuation\ lifestyle - level of technology\ trapping\ "welfare"\ seasonal lifestyle\ bush living - importance|

Section 6: Eagle - economy\ Yukon-Charley - impact\ population - changes\ environment - protection\ Yukon-Charley - necessity\ preservation - recreation\ Yukon River - power boats|

Section 7: Boone, Jack\ Alaskans - values\ Boone, Jean\ Eagle|