May 202015
Federal Special Actions Close Chinook Fishery Starting May 21st  and Restricts Other Fisheries to Set Gill Nets of 4” or Less to Three Days a Week

Federal Managers have issued two Emergency Special Actions that will go into effect on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Special Action 3KS-01-15 limits who can participate in the Chinook salmon fishery on the Kuskokwim River, and Special Action 3KS-02-15 closes the Chinook salmon fishery on federal public waters in the lower portion of the Kuskokwim River drainage (downstream of Tuluksak) to all user groups. Gill nets for other species may be used but must be set and are restricted to four-inch or less mesh size not exceeding 60-feet in length and 45 meshes deep. This opportunity is allowed for 72 hours [Read More…}

May 102015

Federal In-Season Managers posted their preliminary plans for managing the Chinook fishery on the Kuskokwim River in 2015.  The attached Fact Sheet 1 posted by the Federal Subsistence Board on May 6th, outlines the strategy Federal Managers will employ for management of the Chinook fishery. This plan mirrors closely previous strategies discussed with the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Fact-Sheet-US-Fish-and-Wildlife-Service-Kuskowim-Chinook-Salmon-Fishing-Information-May-6-2015-1 Fishermen should review the Fact Sheet in its entirety to understand the strategy proposed, which is not yet in regulation.  Additionally, plans are always subject to change as the season progress and conditions [Read More…}

May 102015

The Federal Subsistence Board in a May 6th news release states they have decided to give the Federal  In-Season Manager additional “tools” for managing harvest of Chinook salmon in 2015.  In their news release (attached) the Board stated: “Based on discussions with the Federal in-season manager, the Chair subsequently decided to seek further Board action to provide an additional management tool to the in-season manager. The Board was polled and adopted an Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 804 determination, which identifies 32 communities along the Kuskokwim River that will be permitted to take part in a limited [Read More…}

May 082015
Director’s Report:Inaugural Meeting of the Kuskokwim Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission, May 5 & 6, 2015 Bethel, Alaska

Over the past several years I have been to many fishing related meetings, always under the auspices of federal and/or state managers (most who don’t even live here) that have been deciding how and when the People could fish for decades – fish for the food they have depended on for countless generations. The People’s participation was always in an advisory capacity only, and at the end of the day, managers could disregard their advice and do what they wanted or what was dictated/mandated to them by a system very far removed from the People, the River, the fish camps [Read More…}

May 022015
Federal Manager Announces Special Action for Kuskokwim Chinook (King) Salmon

In a surprise announcement at the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group meeting on Friday May 1st, the Federal Fisheries In-Season Manager for the Kuskokwim River, Neil LaLonde notified the group that the USFWS would be issuing a Federal Special Action to limit the Chinook fishery in federal waters on the Kuskokwim River to Federally Qualified Users i.e., residents of the Kuskokwim Region. The action came as a surprise given that just a few weeks earlier the Federal Subsistence Board reviewed five special action requests from Kuskokwim Villages calling for Federal management,  but the Board deferred to take action on any [Read More…}

Apr 202015

Adopted and Approved April XX, 2015 TRIBAL SAFETY PLAN Tribal Transportation Program Native Village of Napaimute Napaimute Traditional Council  INTRODUCTION The Native Village of Napaimute is a federally recognized tribe located in Napaimute, Alaska, respectively. Napaimute is located on the north bank of the upper Kuskokwim River 28 miles east of Aniak nestled in the Kilbuck-Kuskokwim Mountains. It lies 330 air miles west of Anchorage, and 158 miles northeast of Bethel. The Kuskokwim River affords easy access to the village by skiff during the summer season and throughout the winter motor vehicles at times can be used for inter-village travel. [Read More…}

Dec 092014

P. O. Box 1301 Bethel, AK. 99559 Ph: (907) 543-2887 (Bethel Office) / (907) 222-5058 (Napaimute Office) (907) 545-2877 (Cell) Email: Website: Application No. ______                                                                                                                                            Date Received  ______   NATIVE VILLAGE OF NAPAIMUTE TRIBAL ENROLLMENT FORM     Applicant’s full name: _____________________________________________________   Native, maiden or other names by which known: ________________________________   Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________   _________________________________________________________ City                          State                                  Zip Code   _______________________________      ______/______/______     ________________ Place of Birth                                 Date of Birth               Social Security No.   Regional Corporation: __________________ Village Corporation: _________________     DEGREE OF NATIVE BLOOD CLAIMED:   Native___________________  Total Native Blood_____________ Tribe [Read More…}

Nov 132014
2nd Break Up on the Kuskokwim River

With the extended warm, wet, windy weather since the evening of November 8th it looked like a second break up in 2014 was possible for the Kuskokwim River. The ice stopped running here at Napaimute on November 4th and it looked like we were having a good freeze up along the entire River. Water level was nice and low and things were freezing about normal. But on the evening of 11/8 it warmed up with rain and wind that has hardly let up in the days since. By November 12th, the water level at Napaimute had risen 4 feet vertically, [Read More…}