Death – Obituary News : Al Ketzler, Sr., a dedicated advocate for Native people, has passed away. He fought for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, opposed Project Chariot, and challenged unfair federal practices on subsistence and Native education. His death is a great loss.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Al Ketzler, Sr.
Ketzler dedicated his life to the betterment of Native people, advocating for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, opposing Project Chariot, and fighting unfair federal practices on subsistence and Native education. pic.twitter.com/eZWKTaHOAh
— Fairbanks Native Association (@FairbanksNative) September 11, 2023
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Al Ketzler, Sr., a prominent advocate for the rights and betterment of Native people. Mr. Ketzler dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of Alaska Native communities and played a pivotal role in shaping the state’s history.
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ketzler had a profound connection to his Native roots. He tirelessly worked towards improving the lives of Native people, advocating for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which aimed to provide land and financial compensation to Alaska Natives for the loss of their traditional lands. His efforts were instrumental in ensuring that the rights and interests of Alaska Native communities were protected.
Ketzler also vehemently opposed Project Chariot, a controversial nuclear testing project proposed by the U.S. government in the 1950s. He recognized the potential environmental and cultural devastation it could cause to Native communities and rallied against it, successfully preventing the project from proceeding.
In addition to his work on land rights and environmental issues, Ketzler fought against unfair federal practices on subsistence and Native education. He believed that every Native person had the right to access traditional food sources and receive a culturally appropriate education.
His legacy will be remembered for his unwavering dedication to the betterment of Native people. Ketzler’s advocacy and activism have left an indelible mark on Alaska’s Native communities, inspiring future generations to continue the fight for justice and equality.
Al Ketzler, Sr. will be deeply missed, but his contributions and impact will forever be cherished by those who were fortunate enough to witness his passion and dedication. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time..