Natives object to state seat on subsistence board
Monday, November 10, 2003

Alaska Native groups are asking Secretary of Interior Gale Norton not to grant the state of Alaska a seat on the Federal Subsistence Board.

Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) wants a spot on the board, which discusses and decides federal subsistence issues. But Native groups and most of the 12 regional councils that advise the board say the state shouldn't be allowed because it has failed to comply with federal subsistence law. The state constitution doesn't recognize Native subsistence rights.

The opponents also say the state already serves a role as a liaison to the board so it doesn't need a formal seat on the six-member board.

Get the Story:
State seeks a seat on fed panel (The Anchorage Daily News 11/9)

Relevant Links:
Office of Subsistence Management -

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