Federation of Natives meeting in Anchorage

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest gathering of indigenous people, the Alaska Federation of Natives, begins its three-day convention Thursday in Anchorage.

The Anchorage Daily News reported subsistence hunting and fishing rights are expected to be the main issue because of overlapping state and federal rules.

The state boards of fish and game set rules for subsistence hunting. Wildlife troopers enforce the regulations. But on federal land, which accounts for more than 60 percent of Alaska, the federal subsistence board makes the rules. It can supersede the state.

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