We the People March targets Katie John Appeal

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- About 2,000 people turned out for the fourth-annual We the People March in Anchorage, while about 100 marched to the Capitol in downtown Juneau.

The march this year was dedicated to subsistence rights. Advocates of a rural hunting and fishing priority are pressing Gov. Tony Knowles to end the state's appeal of the Katie John subsistence case.

John, an Athabascan elder, is at the center a lawsuit over conflicting state and federal subsistence laws. The federal government requires that rural residents be given a priority to subsistence hunting and fishing while state law guarantees all Alaskans equal access to the state's resources.

Knowles faces an Oct. 4 deadline to decide whether to appeal rulings in John's favor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

John was among those participating in the Anchorage march, along with Cherokee actor Wes Studi, former assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, Ada Deer and Yup'ik storyteller John Active.

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