Native American Studies

Alaska Native Cultures and Issues: Responses to Frequently by Libby Roderick

By Libby Roderick

Making up greater than ten percentage of Alaska's inhabitants, local Alaskans are the state's biggest minority team. but so much non-Native Alaskans be aware of strangely little concerning the histories and cultures in their indigenous associates, or concerning the vital matters they face. This concise ebook compiles commonly asked questions and offers informative and obtainable responses that make clear a few universal misconceptions. With responses composed by means of students in the represented groups and reviewed through a panel of specialists, this easy-to-read compendium goals to facilitate a deeper exploration and richer dialogue of the advanced and compelling matters which are a part of Alaska local lifestyles this present day. (20110301)

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The oldest subsistence sites discovered are at least ten thousand years old. Older sites may have disappeared under coastal waters. 2–5. Jones, Richard S. “Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-203): History and Analysis Together with Subsequent Amendments,” Report No. 81-127 GOV, June 1, 1981. org/projects/ANCSA/reports/rsjones1981/ANCSA_History71. htm#Introduction\ 6. Fast, Phyllis. “Alaska Native Language, Culture and Identity,” 2008. 7. Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Cultural Workshop Series packet, 2007.

7 According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: “Both Alaska Natives and non-Natives may hunt and fish for subsistence if they live in rural areas. ”8 Even given this broader language and the inclusion of non-Natives, certain sport and commercial hunting and fishing interests have consistently, and so far unsuccessfully, attempted legal challenges to the language. ” 9 However, while commercial fisheries take nearly 97 percent of the total weight of fish and wildlife harvested in Alaska (roughly two billion pounds), rural subsistence activities account for only forty-five million pounds, or just 2 percent.

Corporate Boards of Directors? Shareholders? Alaska Native citizens, including non-shareholders? Tribal governments? I believe there needs to be a reliable way for revitalized regional tribal governments to have a role in overseeing and giving a broader voice for Alaska Native peoples regarding economic development decisions affecting our lands and futures. Tribal governments are imperfect vehicles, but regional tribal governments (as opposed to village governments, which tend to have too local a focus) could serve as an important counterbalance to corporate power when and if that counterbalance is required.

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