Alaska Natives only, for the Alaska Tier II, Nelchina Caribou and Moose Hunt 2009.
Under a new Subsistence Plan, Only the Ahtna Natives will kill the caribou and moose in Unit 13 this year. The Ahtna Natives will oversee the village hunts not the ADF&G.
How is it fair or equal when Alaska Natives have 44 million acres for their own private hunting preserve? The 44 million acres is land that (I cannot set foot on without special permission).
In 1971 (we the people) gave the Alaska Natives, The Alaskan Native Claims Settlement Act; $962 million dollars and 44 million acres, which was a little more than 10 percent of our entire state. This Act was intended to make all Alaskans and the Alaskan Natives Equal in all ways, but are we?
Ahtna chief executive Ken Johns said, people in the villages pay more for food, fuel and that electricity is more expensive, while city hunters are free to hunt wherever they want in the state, (you will not on our 44 million acres).
Johns went on to say, some might think this hunt is unconstitutional and doesn't provide for everybody equally, Alaska Natives don't live in an equal society," Is Johns right about this? The Ahtna Incorporated alone has entitlement to 1,770,000 acres and owns 609,472 acres in fee simple title within the boundaries of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, (Their own private hunting preserve).As reported in the Wasting Post: Since fiscal 2000, Alaskan regional and tribal corporations have combined to receive more than $24 billion in prime federal contracts.
Johns said, anyone who wants to become eligible for the new subsistence hunt is free to move to one of the villages.
I have traditionally hunted and fed my family with Alaskan game for almost 40 years. How is this fair and equal? If the Alaska Native is such a great hunter, let them compete as an equal when hunting off his private hunting preserve.
I hunt my game by fair chase, I do not cry for handouts or ask to have preference over another race, I consider hunting my right as well as a native does. What’s fair, No Subsistence Hunting, No Native Preference, A drawing for the different animals with no preference over another race with a wait of 4 years if you draw a permit, depending on animal?
As defined in the ANCS ACT, "Native" was defined as a citizen of the United States with one-fourth degree or more Indian, Aleut or Eskimo ancestry, born on or before December 18, 1971, including Natives who had been adopted by one or more non-Native parents.
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