Willoughby District could be renamed Aak'w Kwaan Village district

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The neighborhood is part of the Blueprint downtown project and has a long history in Juneau.

    Ms. Frances Houston made the request on behalf of the Aak'w Kwaan to the CBJ.  She wrote the name change could recognize the historical and ongoing settlement and residence of the Aak'w people in Juneau.

    The area was identifeid as the Auk Village or the Auk Indian Village from the earliest maps and photos of Juneau and is also identified on the survey map of the Juneau Townsite in 1892.

    In 1950 the area became known as the Juneau Indian Village.

    Assembly Member Michele Bonnet-Hale said she appreciated the letter and very much supports the renaming of the district.  "I think its a great idea."

    Assembly Member Mary Becker said she would like some public input before the name is changed.  "Some people could have some strong feelings when we change things that have historical value."

    Assembly Member Rob Edwardson said this area has a very long history.  He said the issue should stay before the Committee of the Whole and they accept public comment.

    Vice Mayor Maria Gladziszewski said she wants to hear from the public on the proposal.   She suggested putting a resolution on the Assembly agenda.  She plans to invite

    Manager Rorie Watt said the Willoughby District wasn't used as the name until seven years ago when they did a Willoughby District Plan.

    "You are not stepping on historical toes by changing this," he added.

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