Native woman who criticized Stevens loses job
Thursday, October 30, 2003

An Inupiaq woman who criticized remarks made by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) said she was forced out of her job at a non-profit agency that receives federal funds, The Anchorage Daily News reports.

Vernita Herdman said she was told she could resign or be fired. She said she wasn't told the reason for her termination but decided to accept it because she didn't want to jeopardize funding for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program.

Herdman believes she was fired because she said remarks by Stevens were "racist." She said she doesn't believe Stevens himself is racist but she stands by her comments.

Stevens earlier this month said Alaska Natives are on the "road of destruction" to state sovereignty because they are exerting their rights.

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Stevens critic loses RuralCAP job (The Anchorage Daily News 10/30)

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