Alaska Athabaskan Salmon Fish-wheel Athabaskan Village Museum on the Chena River Tanana River Confluence Near Fairbanks

Alaska Athabaskan Salmon Fish-wheel Athabaskan Village Museum on the Chena River Tanana River Confluence Near Fairbanks. (Adobe Stock image)





The Alaska Native culture, economy, and traditional way of life are intimately tied to living off the land, gathering, hunting and fishing for food. This way of life has been labled “subsistence” in the legal and political arenas. 

ince the purchase of Alaska in 1867 to the present day, the federal government accepted a duty to provide at least some level of protection for subsistence through exemptions from conservation laws, international wildlife treaty provisions, land reservations, and land withdrawal authority. 



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