I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

The phones rings Saturday morning. My husband answers it. “Here, talk to the person who answers surveys,” he says and hands it to me.  I say I do have a few minutes to answer questions about Alaska issues. The first one is: How often do I vote? There are a choices, sometimes, never etc. I answer, “always.” I have never missed a local, state, or national election, special ones included. The second question: Are you affiliated with or a member of any political party or movement? Again, a list of options.  I wait until I hear mine. ” Yes. I’m a registered democrat and always have been.” There is a pause. “Thank you for your time. We have apparently reached our quota for that today.”