We recognize that subsistence is vital to the cultures and life ways of Alaska Natives and Alaska Native communities. Under Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) (16 U.S.C. 3111–3126), the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretaries) jointly implement the Federal Subsistence Management Program. This program provides a preference for take of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses on Federal public lands and waters in Alaska.
The Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture (Departments) will conduct a virtual listening session and formal virtual consultations with Tribes, Tribal consortia, and Alaska Native corporations on Federal subsistence policy in January 2022. The listening session and consultations reflect the Departments’ commitment to strengthen government-to-government relationships with federally recognized Tribes and meet requirements for engagement with Alaska Native corporations. The Departments’ procedures for outreach, notice, and consultation ensure involvement of Tribes and Alaska Native corporations, to the extent practicable and permitted by law, before making decisions or implementing policies, rules, or programs that affect federally recognized Tribal governments or Alaska Native corporation interests.