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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Alaska Natives & Subsistence Rights

Subsistence Rights

Alaska Natives, the indigenous peoples of Alaska, have fought for the right to maintain their subsistence lifestyle. "Subsistence" refers to the hunting, fishing, and gathering activities that are fundamental to the way of life of many Alaska Natives.

Before the arrival of non-Natives, subsistence was the only form of economic production used by Alaskan aboriginals to feed, clothe, and house their communities. Conducted in seasonal cycles by small, semi-nomadic bands within recognized territories, subsistence utilized traditional, small-scale technologies for harvesting and preserving foods as well as for distributing the produce through communal networks of sharing and bartering.

Today, the subsistence lifestyle continues to flourish in most parts of Alaska, helping to define the lives of Alaska Natives.

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