Archives for February 1996

Subsistence News-2/23/96

To   Subsistence 2

From:      Larry Roberts

Postmark:  Feb 22,96 10:38 AM          Delivered: Feb 22,96 10:38 AM

Subject: Subsistence News-2/23/96

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Message:

*Proposed Federal regulations will soon appear in the Federal Register which will amend Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska. These proposed changes expand jurisdiction for wildlife and fisheries management. These recommended changes may appear as early as April 5th.

*Alaskan anthropological literature reveals wildlife and wildlife products play an important role not only in nutrition and standards of living, but also in the ceremonies and long-standing social and religious traditions of Alaskan Natives.

*Hunting and fishing are important activties for non-Natives as well. Anthropological surveys suggest that the continued existence of wildlife, and the opportunity to hunt and fish, are inseparable to the maintenance of what some call the “pioneer” Alaskan lifestyle, especially in rural communities.

*Human survival, the economy, and the means of establishing prestige and of maintaining peace have all involved the consumption, transfer, and exchange of fish, game, and of products made from them, since time immemorial.

Subsistence News-2/16/96

To   Subsistence 2

From:      Larry Roberts

Postmark:  Feb 15,96  3:10 PM          Delivered: Feb 15,96  3:10 PM

Subject: Subsistence News-2/16/96

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Message:

*The Southeast Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (RAC) recently met in Wrangell, February 8-9.

*Highlights of the RAC meeting provide a glimpse of pending litigation concerning the management of fisheries in navigable waters of Alaska. The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Katie John vs. US lawsuit this spring.

*A new proposal was adopted by the RAC which allows for the taking and use of wildlife for food in traditional Alaska Native religious ceremonies. These specific ceremonies must be part of a funerary or mortuary cycle, which includes memorial potlatches. Under the adopted proposal, wildlife may be taken outside of the seasons and bag limits.

*Another adopted proposal opens federal public lands on the Stikine River drainage to the harvest of moose. This proposal reinstates the Alaska state registration permit system in place of the existing federal permit system.

*The fall Southeast RAC meeting is scheduled for Kake. Specific dates have not been finalized.

Subsistence News-2/9/96

To   Subsistence 2

From:      Larry Roberts

Postmark:  Feb 07,96 11:41 AM          Delivered: Feb 07,96 11:41 AM

Subject: Subsistence News-2/9/96

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*Alaska’s Lt. Gov. has released a new draft version of her “Alaska Solution to the Subsistence Impasse”. This latest edition is dated 1/31/96.

*Major changes between the two versions are highlighted here:

  1. allow educational/cultural permits for people surrounded by non-subsistence peoples. It would also expand “proxy” hunt system to allow urban subsistence users to hunt for those in rural communities.
  2. Enhance the current management structure to utilize local fish and game advisory committees, Regional Subsistence advisory councils, and Boards of Fish and Game.
  3. State constitutional amendment change to “may” rather than “should” (e.g., the state legislature may grant a subsistence preference for rural residents). And
  4. Congress will revise definition for “reasonable opportunity”. Additionally, the courts will defer to the Fish and Game Boards concerning biological or questions of fact.

*The Southeast Native Subsistence Commission (SENSC) and the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska received $49,000 from the National Park Service for Phase II of the Traditional Place Names Survey in southeast Alaska. Phase II place name maps will be made available for Saxman, Ketchikan, Klukwan, and Haines.