Alaska Natives Rally for Subsistence Rights

Dozens of protester lined the Delaney Park Strip Wednesday (10/17) afternoon to demand recognition of their rights to fish, hunt and share traditional food with their people and community.

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by Megan Mazurek

ANCHORAGE - Alaska Natives rally for subsistence rights in Anchorage.

Dozens of protester lined the Delaney Park Strip Wednesday (10/17) afternoon to demand recognition of their rights to fish, hunt and share traditional food with their people and community.

Participants say there has been a shortage of salmon in the Yukon and elsewhere and want to inform others of what's actually happening in rural Alaska.

The majority of communities in the bush rely on subsistence to feed their families and community and has done so for hundreds of years.

Wednesday was a push to remind state officials that subsistence living needs to be a priority and state policy should reflect that.

"There's been a shortage of fisheries along the Yukon shortage of pretty much everywhere across the state and people are hurting trying to feed their families and we're here to drum up support," said Ken Johns, subsistence hunter and fisher from Copper River.

The annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference began Thursday (10/18) morning at the Dena’ina center.

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Irving Schwartzgard said on Thursday, Oct 25 at 1:28 PM

Gee, Lisa! That's a major generalization if I ever heard one! That's like saying everyone on disability is a faker--and I know THAT'S not true 'cause my wife is disabled. Are you saying none of the Alaskan Natives benefit society? One question for you: Do you get your white sheets dry-cleaned after every meeting or just bleached?????

Lisa Depew said on Wednesday, Oct 24 at 8:23 PM

Not only do they not deserve any extra rights to fishing or hunting, they need what millions of dollars the state has given them over the years to stop. Each native recieves tens of thousands of dollars each year in welfare from the state so they can sit back and drink. Enough is enough, give those extra millions that they are throwing away on the alcoholics and addicts of the state and give it to the people who actually benefit society. Alaska is not the largest welfare state in the union for no reason. This would be a perfect example. Now we both know that this will never get printed due to the fact that it speaks the truth. It was awfully nice of you to let me speak it though.

Dabigmoose said on Wednesday, Oct 24 at 3:32 AM

They need to let subsistence fish fist before commercial and The state could buy back some com fishing permits and cancel them out. Wolf and predator predation control need to take place. There are a lot of things even cut some non Alaska resident hunting in village areas

Tim Whitehead said on Friday, Oct 19 at 9:29 AM

So why doesn't the state do something? You can't deprive a people of what they've been doing for hundreds of years just to survive!!!

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