The Ahtna people’s customary and traditional (C&T) way of life remains the cornerstone of everything that our Corporation does. For us, C&T doesn’t just refer to cultural activities like hunting, fishing, trapping and the like; it’s actually the successful continuation of a lifestyle that has existed for thousands of years – a lifestyle that is the foundation of our Corporation’s culture, values and vision.
Although the Ahtna Region is highway-accessible and fairly modernized, our people still practice a C&T lifestyle whenever possible. Our region’s abundance of fish and game and its proximity to major urban centers make it a popular location for hunting, fishing and other recreational activities, so maintaining our lifestyle can be challenging. As a result of this constant influx of outside parties, our people now have to compete more and more for the resources (game, fish and plant life) located on traditional Ahtna lands.
These resources and the cultural practices surrounding them play a significant role in maintaining our C&T way of life and, because of this, we are constantly seeking ways to continue or further that way of life through cultural education programs aimed at future generations of Ahtna; partnerships with local, state and federal agencies; consultation with our region’s tribes, villages and local organizations; and continuous dialogue with our most important constituents – our Elders and shareholders.
C&T News Bulletin
2019-2020 Community Subsistence Hunt Hotline Update
Update on Unit 11 and Unit 13 CSH Moose (CM300) as of August 21, 2019
Call (907) 822-6789 to get an update on Any Bull Moose quota
Remaining Any Bull Moose Quota left to harvest in subunits of Unit 13 and Unit 11 (Any Bull Moose quota is 100)
GMU 13A 04 (GMU 13A East of Lake Louse Rd) (West of Lake Louise Road is General Season Hunt only)
GMU 13B 30 Remaining Any Bull
GMU 13C 18 Remaining Any Bulls
GMU 13D 14 Remaining Any Bulls
GMU 13E 22 Remaining Any Bulls
GMU 11 02 Remaining Any Bull
Moose hunt in a Portion of GMU 12 is a Spike/fork, or 50” antlers, or 4 or more brow tines on at least one side
GMU 13 Nelchina Caribou (quota is 400 – Any Caribou allowed)
Call (907) 822-6789 to get update on Unit 13 CSH (CC001) Caribou Hunt
GMU 13 Nelchina Caribou must be reported within 3 days of kill.
Please report moose or caribou harvest online at www.hunt.alaska.gov or call Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game at (907) 822-3461.
AITRC Cooperative Management Agreement
The Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC), which was established by Ahtna, Inc., Chitina Native Corporation and the 8 federally recognized tribes of the Ahtna region, signed an agreement in 2016 with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy to create a cooperative management demonstration project. The agreement will help maintain the Ahtna people’s customary and traditional hunting practices on Ahtna lands. AITRC is successfully building wildlife management capacity through collaboration and cooperative management programs with state and federal agencies.You can view the press release announcing the Cooperative Management Agreement signing here.
The two videos below detail the struggles of the Ahtna people to maintain their customary & traditional rights under the current system while also presenting a solution that will benefit all Alaskans.
Ahtna Voice of the Elders: A Perspective on the History of the Ahtna People’s Customary & Traditional Practices and the Need for Wildlife Co-Management:
Details of Ahtna’s Tribal Wildlife Co-Management Legislative Proposal: