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Rep. Don Young (AK) and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI) To Comment on Ahtna Regionʼs Wildlife Co-Management Program

Anchorage, AK – Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Co-Chair Tara Sweeney will testify before the US House of Representative, Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs on March 14, 2014, 11:00 a.m. (EST), on the Alaska Native Subsistence Co-Management Demonstration Act of 2014. Ms. Sweeney will testify alongside Ahtna, Inc. President and AFN Board member, Michelle Anderson.

The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony on the Ahtna regionʼs wildlife co-management program. This program seeks to share management power and authority between federal, tribal, and state officials, while specifically providing the Ahtna region with a meaningful role in the management of their own lands.

The State of Alaska is invited to participate in co-management under the Act for greater state management on federal lands.

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs oversees all matters regarding Native Americans, including the approximately 566 federally recognized Indian Tribes, of which 299 are Alaska Native Tribes, with nearly 1.9 million collective enrolled tribal members. The Subcommittee is chaired by Congressman Don Young (R-AK).

A live webcast of the hearing will be available at http://naturalresources.house.gov/live/.

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