During the event, five ceremonial Kiks.ádi robes were unveiled along with a new song honoring the herring.
The group advocates for herring and subsistence harvesters, and calls into question the state’s management of the commercial herring fishery.
The fort was built following the Battle of Old Sitka in 1802 when the Kiks.ádi ousted Russian colonists from a site around seven miles north. Its exact location was uncertain until now.
Since 2017, a growing group of Sitkans has held a mourning ceremony on Alaska Day at the bottom of Castle Hill while the transfer ceremony takes place at the top.
While Alaska’s rallies and protests have remained peaceful some Alaskans have reported instances of intimidation, backlash, or resistance. More demonstrations are planned for this weekend.
With its waters visible outside the window of Harrigan Centennial Hall, Sitka Sound, the site of the Sitka sac roe herring fishery, is one of the biggest battles this cycle.