Alaska and the Law of the Sea. Use of the sea by Alaska Natives : A historical perspective
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Alaska and the Law of the Sea. Use of the sea by Alaska Natives : A historical perspective

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    Much has been written about the aboriginal hunting and fishing patterns of terrestrial Alaska. These environmental livelihood patterns of an earlier time-together with the locations of trails, the arrangements of trade, and the history of settlement and occupations-​were the essential elements of the evidence that established Native dominion in Alaska. That historical perspective of use and occupancy by Native peoples over the lands of AIaska was brought together in a single work, Alaska Natives and the Land, published by the Federal Field Committee for Development Planning in Alaska in 1967. This book gave the Congress of the United States the essential rationale for a just and equitable settlement of Alaska Native land claims which were consummated in the December 1971 passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Since the time of initial western contact with Alaska, ethnographers, explorers, naturalists, traders, and missionaries have recorded aboriginal uses of the coastal waters and marine resources of Alaska's northern seas. This book by Mrs. Karla Josephson is, however, the first known compilation of these many individual writings into a single exposition on the aboriginal use and passage patterns within the two oceans and three seas bordering Alaska's shores. It has been put together with the hopeful intent that it may serve as a historical perspective of the question of dominion exercised by Alaskan peoples over these waters. We trust it may serve in some measure to affirm State of Alaska and United States interests in the sovereignty and widths of appropriate national and state jurisdictions on this northern maritime region bordering Alaska.
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