Norton policy called setback
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A Native American Rights Fund attorney is calling a new directive from Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and her aides a setback for Alaska Native subsistence.

In a letter to the Federal Subsistence Board, Deputy Secretary J. Steven Griles said the makeup of the board might favor rural residents over urban residents, sportsmen and commercial fishers. He is urging the board to review the membership of the councils which advise on subsistence issues.

But because the advisory councils often have strong Native representation, NARF attorney Heather Kendall-Miller said changing the makeup to include non-subsistence residents will be detrimental. Kendall-Miller has handled the landmark Katie John subsistence rights case.

Get the Story:
Interior official seeks advisory council review (The Anchorage Daily News 2/1)

Relevant Links:
Subsistence Amendment, Alaska Governor Tony Knowles -
Native subsistence rights, Native American Rights Fund -
Alaska Federation of Natives -
Katie John et al. v. State of Alaska -

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