Subsistence a main theme at AFN convention.

A main theme of this year's Alaska Federation of Natives convention has been subsistence.

It's all a question of who is entitled to what when it comes to hunting and fishing rights.

Over the past several years, there have been a number of instances where the question ended up in the courts.

In some cases, native leaders believe that state policies allow hunters to encroach on lands meant for traditional subsistence use only.

The problems crop up with everything from moose hunting to salmon fishing.

Alaska U. S. Senator Mark Begich, who spoke yesterday (Friday) at the A. F. N. convention, said that subsistence has been a controversial issue for 30 years.