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Alaska Natives oppose subsistence restrictions

Alaska Natives in Southwest Alaska say they are prepared to break federal and state law in protest of restrictions on their traditional subsistence rights.

A change in federal law requires hunters over the age of 16 to purchase a federal duck stamp and state hunting license. Natives say the restriction goes against tradition and plan to lobby Congress because federal officials claim they can't do anything about it.

Meanwhile, state regulators have limited subsistence fishing on two rivers used by Natives. But the regulators lifted restrictions in an area used by commercial fishermen.

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