They say Indigenous Alaskans have some of the highest cancer death rates in the country. Which is why that state’s Native health consortium is trying to get Natives – and non-Indigenous too – to take another look at The Great Land’s traditional Subsistence diet. After all, it worked for thousands of years!
Indigenous and other Alaskans have been fighting over Native and others’ Subsistence rights and resources – rural hunting, trapping, fishing, gathering, etc. – versus recreational and commercial taking – for a couple generations now. Natives often argue that it’s necessary not just for food or low-level trade, but culture and spirituality. Well, now it may be a matter of life-or-death for them.
I wonder if this also applies to Native Subsistence rights conflicts in the Lower 48 – the Indian health and cancer concerns I mean? For years there have been conflicts in Washington State and the upper Midwest, even death threats against Indians.