– This is what sustains us
We, the Tribes and inhabitants of the Chugach Region, proclaim that our subsistence harvests are essential to our cultural, nutritional, economic, and spiritual well-being and way of life. Since time immemorial, we have served as stewards of this land, relying on detailed observation and knowledge of the environment to sustain both our people and our lands and seas. Over and over again, our way of life has been threatened, from slavery under Russian fur traders to the devastating effects of the 1918 flu pandemic in our region, the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake that decimated the region, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill that followed 25 years later. Today, we face the dual threats of climate change and development continuing to impact our environment and affect our livelihoods and well-being. We recognize our responsibility and authority to exercise our Tribal rights as stewards to our traditional territories and resources and enter into this agreement to promote the health and well-being of our Tribal Members, our future generations, all Alaskans, and the plants, fish, and wildlife upon which we depend.
CRRC staff works on individual species-related projects, provides updated information to Tribes regarding wildlife management, and acts as a liaison between our regional Tribes and state and federal management entities when necessary. Under the Subsistence Program, the Inter-Tribal Federal Subsistence Cooperative Management Alliance (Alliance) was created. With representation from each of our communities, the Alliance was created to provide a platform for CRRC Tribal Members to speak and act in a unified voice on state and federal hunting and fishing regulations. The Alliance serves as a platform for Tribes in protecting Alaska Native hunting and fishing rights, including the harvesting and sharing of fish, game, and other resources and enhancing Alaska Native management of traditional lands and resources.
The history of fish and game management in Alaska is important to understand as it directly contributes to food insecurity and prohibits food sovereignty in Alaska Indigenous communities. Alaska Natives have been sustainably managing natural resources since time immemorial. They continue to traditionally harvest fish, wildlife, and plants while following the seasonal cycles and harvesting food from the land and water. Alaska natural resources remain an important part of Alaska Indigenous culture, spirituality, and nutrition. State and federal regulations have interrupted Indigenous lifeways, causing food security and sovereignty issues.
Regulations continue to impact Alaska Indigenous peoples with a complex system that is not always easy to navigate. Alaska fish and wildlife users can participate in the Alaska Board of Fish or the Alaska Board of Game by attending or serving on one of the state’s advisory committees, submitting proposals for regulatory change, and providing written or oral comments and/or testimony.