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Proxy Hunting

AP / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / February 10, 2006

To the editor:

This letter is about the action that the Alaska Game Board did on Monday, Jan. 30, at about 10:30 in the morning that I watched in total disbelief. This is regarding Proposal 14, which was before the Board of Game, which approved it with a vote of 4-3. They have stopped proxy hunting for caribou in Unit 13.

Now our Native elders of Cantwell will starve. They relied on proxy hunting, they relied on their family members being able to bring them meat with the tags that they get! Now it might have not have been so bad if the younger generation were getting tags (but they are too young to get tags), so that when they are hunting they would be able to share their meat with the elders. But we live in a state that does not care for its elders or about its elders. By taking away the proxy hunt in our Native villages in Unit 13, the Board of Game is on the path of genocide of the Native people.

Gordon Carlson / Cantwell

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