Hunting, Fishing, Gathering Task Force

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Protect the Wellbeing of Our People

The Tanana Chiefs Conference Full Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 2013-19 to establish a joint Hunting and Fishing Task Force with the goal of protecting the wellbeing of Our People.

The traditional hunting and fishing practices of our people, including the harvesting and sharing of fish, game, and other resources and the ceremonies which accompany these practices provide for the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic wellbeing and survival of our people and communities.

Hunting and Fishing Task Force Update Video Description:  On July 17th 2016, Alaska Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot, Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten and Rural Affairs Advisor Albert Kookesh toured interior villages along the Yukon River. They were accompanied by Chief Victor Joseph and key Tanana Chiefs Conference staff.

Many fishermen along the river in District 5D, Stevens Village and up, were unsuccessful, while other districts were able to harvest a modest amount of King salmon this year.

Strategies

  1. Increase Alaska Native influence in regulation and policy.
    • Increase attendance and appointments to decision making boards and councils.
    • Create management plans, provide analysis, and to testify.
  2. Enhance Alaska Native management.
    • Continuing development of Yukon River and Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
    • Identifying potential areas for self-governance and co-management (Yukon River Watershed).
    • Further training by leveraging funding and resources.
  3. Seek legislation, administrative action, and litigation.
    • Include subsistence in Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization.
    • Provide for tribal representation on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council; with one of the goals being to reduce king salmon bycatch.
    • Monitoring and, when possible, initiating litigation to develop favorable case law.
  4. Impact climate change and arctic policy, research, and international dialogue.
    • Target critical forms, such as President Obama’s Task Force on climate preparedness and resilience.
    • Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Indigenous Peoples Working Group and many other organizations considering climate change.

Accomplishments

UAF Co-Management Symposium

The UAF Co-Management Symposium was attended by 200 participants and had 45 influential speakers from across the State of Alaska.  UAF delivered an Introduction to Federal Subsistence Management course.

Tanana Chief Conference leaders, PJ Simon, Julie Roberts and Mickey Stickman were elected to serve as leaders in the Arctic Athabascan Council impacting climate change research.  Also, with guidance from TCC, Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton toured Interior Yukon River villages and fish camps along the way, gathering advice, hearing testimony, and engaging in co-management dialog.

Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Formed in St Mary’s in 2014 when faced with an alarming low record salmon run. Faced with a drastically disappearing major subsistence food source, Tribes unified to create a self-imposed Yukon king fishing moratorium.  Through this sacrifice, Canada met its escapement goals with 66,000 kings crossing the border.  Again, for the second consecutive year, escapement goals were met with 83,000 kings across.

It is important to note that this major accomplishment of monitoring and rebounding the king salmon run was done on the backs of our Tribes.  Currently they have not yet received the recognition they deserve. 

Our Advocates

In Memory of Rondell Jimmie

Rondell Jimmie

Rondell Jimmie

Rondell Jimmie grew up in Minto with a family of storytellers. He provided food for Nenana’s ceremonial potlatches and celebrations in the village. During the summer he fished for King salmon in the spring so families could fill their freezers with food for the winter. We are thankful that he shared his stories of our traditional way of life, and advocated for our hunting and fishing rights to help protect our traditional way of life.  Rondell was a great asset to the developing Hunting and Fishing Task Force and will be greatly missed.