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State sen criticizes state on subsistence rights

Juneau, Alaska (AP) 10-09

State Sen. Albert Kookesh believes Alaska Natives may be forced to file a class action lawsuit against the federal government.

Kookesh says the lawsuit might be needed to restore subsistence rights secured under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

The Angoon Democrat is facing trial over a $500 state subsistence fishing citation. He gave a video statement to the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood 97th Grand Camp Convention in which he criticized the state for its handling of subsistence rights.

Kookesh was in Washington, D.C. for much of the five-day convention.

 

 

 

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