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It's about money and control.
By Myrna Gardner


November 13, 2006

The Fish & Game mission is to protect and manage the resources for the maximum benefit of the people of the state.

Chairman Ron Somerville's malicious statement about Alaska Natives and beer at the October 7th public meeting held in Anchorage on Subsistence taking of Caribou and Moose was an unmistakably blatant, racist statement that reflects the climate of politics and policies in Alaska regarding Natives and subsistence. Alaska's government through laws, policies, rules, and regulations has attacked subsistence since statehood.

History has shown that the majority of changes to Fish and Game policies were to take away any rights, allocation or priority of resources by Alaskans through subsistence.

Alaskans, whether Native, Rural or urban consume less than 1% of the total harvest of fish and game through subsistence. So what is the big deal?

It is all about money and control. Have we, as Alaskan leaders and citizens become anesthetized to the blatant disrespect we show for Alaska Natives and subsistence? Why hasn't our Governor, legislatures, mayors, city officials called for Somerville's resignation? Is it because the statement was about Alaska Natives? If it was about any other race would we brush the incident off so easily?

Maximum benefit for the people include respecting and addressing the needs of those that don't live by Costco.

Myrna Gardner
Anchorage, Alaska

Received November 12, 2006 - Published November 13, 2006

About: "A lifelone subsistence hunter, fisher and gatherer."



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