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 fish and game resources 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
- 2024-2025 Copper Basin Community Subsistence Permit HuntThe deadline to apply online for 2024-2025 CSH for CM300-moose is December 15, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. The Copper Basin CSH Caribou hunt CC001 will not be held in Regulatory Year 2024-2025. Visit https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntlicense.tier to apply now!
- CM300 and CC001 Community Subsistence Hunt Household Report FormsPlease return CM300 and CC001 Household Report Forms to:Ahtna, Inc.ATTN: CSH CoordinatorPO Box 649Glennallen, Alaska 99588
- 2022-2023 Ahtna Tene Nene Community Subsistence Hunt Reports Due
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission Meeting Agenda: October 3-4, 2022
- Unit 13C Community Hunt Moose Bag Limit Changes by Emergency Order
- Applicants Sought for Subsistence Regional Advisory Council MembershipDeadline: February 21, 2023
- RC562 Nelchina Caribou Hunt to Close by Emergency Order
- AITRC’s Moose Health Monitoring ProgramWhat is it? AITRC is looking into the health of the moose population in the Ahtna Traditional Use Territory. To do this they are collecting small samples of different organs, muscle, and other items from harvested moose. We need your help! How can you help? After harvesting a moose, collect the needed samples using the … Read more
- Unit 13E Community Hunt Moose Bag Limit Changes by Emergency Order
- ADF&G Hunting & Trapping Emergency Order No. 04-03-22: GMU 13 Tier I Nelchina Caribou Closure
- Ahtna Tene Nene’ Community Subsistence Hunt information for Caribou (CC001) and Moose (CM300) HuntCALL ADFG HOTLINE TO FIND OUT UNIT 13 NELCHINA CARIBOU QUOTA AND NUMBER OF CARIBOU HARVESTED: Call (907) 267-2304 to get an update on Nelchina Caribou quota and number of Nelchina caribou remained to be harvested. HUNT TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Customary and traditional uses of Nelchina caribou are thoroughly described in 2006-170-BOG. The board found … Read more
- ADF&G Hunting & Trapping Emergency Order: Ptarmigan GMU 12, 20 and 25C
- Federal Subsistence Hunt for the Chisana Caribou Herd In a Portion of Unit 12 Closed for the 2022 Season
- Federal subsistence hunting permits for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve available starting July 26 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve News Release Release Date: July 13, 2022Contact: Carrie Wittmer, email@example.com, 907-822-7255 COPPER CENTER, AK – Federal subsistence registration permits for hunts in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will be available starting Tuesday, July 26, at the park’s Visitor Center in Copper Center and the Slana Ranger Station. The Visitor Center is open … Read more
- Fire Ban on Ahtna LandsA fire ban is in effect on Ahtna lands until further notice. The National Weather Service issued a “red flag warning” for a large portion of Southcentral Alaska due to hot and windy weather that could fuel the rapid ignition and spread of fires (Red flag warning issued for wide swath of Southcentral Alaska heading … Read more
- Board of Game Work Session and Central/Southwest Regions Meeting January 20-28, 2022, Wasilla, Best Western Lake Lucille HotelContact Information and Location • Kristy Tibbles, Executive Director, Kristy.firstname.lastname@example.org, 907 465-6098 • Annie Bartholomew, Publication Specialist, email@example.com, 907-465-4046 The Board of Game Work Session and Central/Southwest Regions Meeting is set for the Best Western Lake Lucille in Wasilla, Alaska. The combined meeting is set to last 9 days. The meeting room is accessible through … Read more
- 2022-2023 Copper Basin Community Subsistence Permit HuntDeadline to apply online for 2022-2023 CSH for CM300-moose andCC001-caribou is December 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Group number for CM300 is 3988-34. Group number for CC001 is 3722-83. • Type in http://hunt.alaska.gov. Click on Subsistence (right side of page), then click under Cultural and Subsistence Harvest. Then click under Copper Subsistence Harvest Hunt Area … Read more
- 2022-2023 Copper Basin Community Subsistence Permit Hunt
- Winter Seasons Closed for Nelchina Caribou HuntsPlease report 2021-2022 GMU 13 CSH Nelchina Caribou Permit to Alaska Department of Fish and Game within 15 days of today’s date, October 12, 2021. Please report GMU 13 – CSH Nelchina caribou permit online at www.adfg.alaska.gov , or mail CSH Caribou Permit to Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game (ADFG), or report in person … Read more
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Seeks Candidates for Subsistence Resource CommissionWrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve News Release Release Date: October 4, 2021 Contact: Carrie Wittmer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-822-7255 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Seeks Candidates for Subsistence Resource Commission COPPER CENTER, AK – Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is accepting applications through December 20, 2021, for seats on the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission … Read more
AITRC Cooperative Management Agreement
The Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC), which was established by Ahtna, Inc., Chitina Native Corporation and the eight 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 helps to 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.
The videos below detail the struggles of the Ahtna people to maintain their customary and 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