Governor Sean Parnell has no plans to change his stance on subsistence. He told Southeast leaders at a Native Issues Forum in Juneau earlier this week that he doesn’t want a confrontation. But his job is to uphold state law. Conflicting federal and state laws have led to years of battles over fish and game allocations. The issue came to a head last year when several Alaska Native leaders, including Senator Albert Kookesh, a Democrat from Angoon, were cited for exceeding subsistence fishing limits. Parnell was asked at the forum whether he would consider an amnesty while both sides look for solutions. He said he’s not ready to take such action.
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
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