Published October 2018
Many land, natural resource and subsistence regulations affect different shareholder user groups in the Ahtna Region as priorities for the Land Committee, Customary and Traditional (C&T) Committee and Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC) – comprised of members of all eight of the Ahtna Tribes.
In 2016, the Ahtna Land Committee established one of its four quarterly meetings to be held in August outside of the normal board room setting at a rural regional location. Generally, locations are chosen by proximity to areas of cultural significance and with certain amenities such as Ahtna-owned, federal or state campgrounds. The previous meetings have been held at Tangle Lakes and Paxson Lake Campgrounds.
These field meetings were combined with the C&T and AITRC to allow Committee and Board members to interact with staff, hear reports on issues of mutual interest and strategize on upcoming events and projects. Almost as importantly the field meetings allow attendees to enjoy the Region in a casual outdoor setting while roasting a hot dog on the fire and telling stories past down from our elders. As the AI Board Chairman noted from the recent meeting, “This was a good place to meet and we had a productive meeting.”
The joint field meetings and other Land and C&T meetings are open to all Ahtna shareholders and attendance is encouraged. The 2019 meeting location has yet to be determined and we are always looking for recommendations for locations from shareholders.