Fourth annual We the People March gets underway

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The fourth annual We the People March was to get underway Tuesday in Anchorage.

Marchers hope to pressure Gov. Tony Knowles not to appeal Athabaskan elder Katie John's subsistence fishing case. Knowles faces an Oct. 4 deadline to decide whether to appeal rulings in John's favor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wes Studi, the Cherokee actor who played Magua in the movie version of ''The Last of the Mohicans,'' was expected to be one of the featured speakers. Other speakers include Ada Deer, former assistant secretary for Indian Affairs; Byron Mallott, president of the First Alaskans Foundation, and Yup'ik storyteller John Active.

The march was to begin at 2 p.m. at the Nesbett Courthouse flagpole and ends with a rally at the Delaney Park Strip.

John sued in 1990 to get the right, assured under federal law, to subsistence fish in the Copper River headwaters. A federal judge ruled in her favor, and federal agencies took over management of subsistence fisheries in much of Alaska in 1999.

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