HJR 22: Relating to the membership of the Pacific Salmon Commission.
00HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22 01 Relating to the membership of the Pacific Salmon Commission. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the Pacific Salmon Commission was established to implement the treaty 04 between the United States and Canada concerning Pacific salmon; and 05 WHEREAS the State of Alaska supports the goals of the Pacific Salmon Treaty and 06 the efforts of the Pacific Salmon Commission; and 07 WHEREAS the commission is composed of four United States members and four 08 Canadian members; and 09 WHEREAS the four United States members of the commission consist of one official 10 of the United States government who is a nonvoting member, one resident of Alaska, one 11 resident of Washington or Oregon, and one member who is nominated by the treaty tribes of 12 Idaho, Washington, and Oregon; and 13 WHEREAS four alternate commissioners are appointed to serve on the commission 14 in the absence of a commissioner, and the alternate commissioners are appointed in
01 accordance with the same criteria as the primary members of the commission; and 02 WHEREAS Alaska Natives are important members of the fishing community in the 03 United States and are dependent upon Pacific salmon for financial, subsistence, and cultural 04 purposes; and 05 WHEREAS a large portion of Alaska is Alaska Native land, and the Annette Island 06 Indian Reservation in Southeast Alaska is Indian country; and 07 WHEREAS there is not a position on the commission for an Alaska Native 08 commissioner and alternate commissioner; and 09 WHEREAS the interests of Alaska Natives are not represented by a commissioner 10 who is nominated by the treaty tribes of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon; and 11 WHEREAS the appointment of an Alaska Native commissioner and alternate 12 commissioner to the commission would provide more equal representation of the interests of 13 Alaska Natives and the treaty tribes; and 14 WHEREAS the goals and effectiveness of the Pacific Salmon Treaty would be 15 advanced by adding an Alaska Native commissioner and alternate commissioner to the Pacific 16 Salmon Commission; 17 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the 18 President of the United States to take the necessary steps, including renegotiation of the 19 Pacific Salmon Treaty and restructuring of the United States membership of the Pacific 20 Salmon Commission, as appropriate, to provide for an Alaska Native commissioner and 21 alternate commissioner on the commission. 22 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 23 United States; the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. Secretary of State; the Honorable 24 Bruce Babbitt, U.S. Secretary of the Interior; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 25 Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 26 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.