Subsistence teleconference for Y-K Delta leaders

by Angela Denning-Barnes on September 13, 2013

There will be a subsistence teleconference meeting Monday at 10:30 a.m. for tribal leaders and ANSCA corporate leaders in the region. The consultations will be hosted by the Office of Subsistence Management in Anchorage. Discussions will cover the 2014-2016 wildlife proposals for the Y-K Delta and the rural determination criteria.

Jack Lorrigan is the Native Liaison with the Office of Subsistence Management.

“We’re offering government to government consultations with tribal leaders and government to corporation consultations on the same issues,” Lorrigan says.

He says this is not a meeting for the general public although they are invited to submit comments by November 1. It’s geared to tribal leaders and local corporate leaders.

In the discussion will be several wildlife proposals that could affect the Y-K Delta. They include revising the moose hunt in Unit 18 and changing the caribou hunt in Unit 18.

The proposals are available at this website: http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/proposal/current/index.cfm

The rural determination criteria could affect the rural subsistence priority. The only community in the region that has been questioned in the past about it’s determination is Bethel because of it’s larger population.

Jack Lorrigan says it’s the determination process that the board uses to determine whether a community is rural or non-rural. This is the first opportunity that the public will have to weigh in on it.

“So, we’re inviting the general public, tribes, and corporations to comment on it,” Lorrigan says. “And you can also find all that information on the website. There’s a fully detailed list of what we’ve been doing at that site that will give you all the information you could want on it.”

The call in number for the teleconference is: 1-888-455-5897, Passcode: 3344290.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jack Lorrigan: (907) 786-3953

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