Originally posted on Lingit Latseen:
Court date: Thursday January 17th, 2013
Federal Building Juneau, AK
Top Floor 3pm
Sherman Roger Alexander was entrapped by the federal government through the sale of a significantly altered sea otter skin.
A sting was set up and executed on October 1, 2008 where 13 law officers from around the country came into Sherman and Ellen’s home in Ketchikan Alaska at 7:00AM. The officers confiscated approximately 50 sea otter pelts which were not yet tagged.
The raid not only diminished the fur supply of “Soft Gold Furs”, Roger and Ellen’s business, but it also broke the spirit and livelihood of their award winning teamwork. Because of the raid Roger and Ellen had to shut down their business.
Shortly thereafter several very similar stories emerged from communities all around Southeast Alaska, which is the traditional tribal territory of the Haida, Tsimshian and Tlingit…
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