AFN postpones plan to take subsistence fight to Congress

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. crisis has stalled an effort by the Alaska Federation of Natives to take its subsistence fight to Congress.

A congressional hearing on subsistence scheduled for Nov. 1 has been scratched and will be rescheduled, AFN president Julie Kitka said Thursday at the AFN convention in Anchorage.

Kitka said the office of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, which planned to hold the hearing, is still closed down because of anthrax testing.

The committee had agreed to hold a hearing on possible new protections for rural or Native subsistence users under federal law.

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