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Photos: Indigenous hunting and fishing rights rally

Alaska Natives and allies gather on Delaney Park Strip for a rally demanding changes to subsistence hunting and fishing rules. October 17, 2012
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Alaska Natives and allies gather on Delaney Park Strip for a rally demanding changes to subsistence hunting and fishing rules. October 17, 2012
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Wanda Medicine Wind Woman Lane, 8, and her mother Charlene Lane, both from Gambell, rally for indigenous hunting and fishing rights at Delaney Park Strip. October 17, 2012
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Native village of Eklutna president Lee Stephen speaks at a rally for indigenous hunting and fishing rights on Delaney Park Strip. October 17, 2012
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Willie Hensley and his daughter Liz Hensley at the rally for indigenous hunting and fishing rights at Delaney Park Strip. October 17, 2012
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Alaska Natives and allies gather on Delaney Park Strip for a rally demanding changes to subsistence hunting and fishing rules. October 17, 2012
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Evon Peter, former chief of the Arctic Village Neetsaii Gwich'in tribe, speaking at the rally for indigenous hunting and fishing rights at Delaney Park Strip. October 17, 2012
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Elder Rosabelle Rexford, from Barrow, speaking at the rally for indigenous hunting and fishing rights at Delaney Park Strip. October 17, 2012
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Alaska Natives and allies gather on Delaney Park Strip for a rally demanding changes to subsistence hunting and fishing rules. October 17, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
Loren Holmes

Plagued by a patchwork of jurisdictions and layers of management, Alaska Natives are fed up with thwarted access to traditional foods. And on Wednesday, they rallied in Anchorage on the eve of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

The crowd, which braved the chilly 35-degree weather in Alaska's urban center, was itself a sea of political statements.

Gatherers carried signs reading "Subsistence is life" and "Muktuk power," a reference to a cut of whale skin and blubber. Other signs read "Got fish strips?" and "We are Alaska Native. We are Not Leaving" and "I am not a criminal." Organizers handed out T-shirts with the slogan "I am Alaska Native / Hunt * Fish * Share."

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