AVCP supports ONC in subsistence designation

by Sophie Evan on October 10, 2013

AVCP delegates listen to 2013 convention, photo by D. Swope

AVCP delegates listen to 2013 convention, photo by D. Swope

The 49th annual AVCP convention is just about over after three days of meetings with over 40-village Presidents from all over the Yukon Kuskokwim Region. Today, the discussion revolved around the fate of Bethel residents’ ability to hunt and fish.

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KYUK has a correction to make on this story. We mistakenly reported that some upriver villages were opposed to ONC’s resolution.

Napaimute resident, Mark Leary, says quote “upriver tribes support
ONC’s resolution even though Bethel has gotten so big that it takes over 75-percent of the King Salmon caught on the Kuskokwim River.”

Leary went on to say that they oppose the State Fish and Game proposal #41, which would designate Bethel as a non-subsistence use area.

KYUK is in the process of putting together an hour-long show where the Federal and State subsistence laws are discussed and how they impact the Y/K delta.

The convention delegates continued their meeting by going through resolutions that were submitted by villages for consideration. The local Bethel tribe O-N-C submitted one that was titled: Protection of Alaska Native Subsistence Priority in Federal Review of Rural Qualification Criteria and Failure of Current Compliance with Congressional Intent for Title VIII (8) of ANILCA. Meaning that ONC is opposed to Bethel residents not being allowed to hunt and fish due to Bethel’s population nearing the seven thousand population threshold for being classified as non-rural.

Although some upriver tribes opposed the resolution, the AVCP tribes accepted the resolution in their on-going fight to protect subsistence for the Yup’ik people of the Y-K region.

The convention is a little behind on their agenda, however; as of noon, organizational reports were being heard from Calista, the AVCP Housing Authority, and from YKHC’s Gene Peltola Sr.

The annual awards will be announced before the convention adjourns for the year. Issues from AVCP’s convention will be brought to AFN in a couple of weeks. The AFN convention will be held in Fairbanks this year.

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