ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 25, 1977
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(Studio) Alaska Eskimo leader says his people will hunt bowhead whale in spring in defiance of international agreement. Eskimos lost court fight to make them exception to agreement. This is only one way group has to fight to preserve ancient way of life.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(AK) Eskimos live off land; they own much of Alaska land, but need access to federal lands, of which Congress is about to change status. This may mean less access to them; natives are being warned they must conserve resources needed for subsistence. [US Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson Lynn A. GREENWALT - says subsistence will be to no avail if natives exploit resources to point there's nothing left.] [Native Association spokesperson Byron MALLOTT - says if laws and regulations made that preclude Alaska natives from living subsistence lifestyle, much of culture would disappear in short time.] For people in Kobuk Valley, concern is same as always, getting thru winter into spring; this will be last full winter before Congress must decide fate of these lands.
REPORTER: Roger Caras
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