Check out Senate Joint Resolution 29, introduced a few days ago in the Alaska Legislature.
It asks the state's congressional delegation to pursue a change in federal law to add four new voting members to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
These four couldn't be just anybody.
The resolution says the seats must be filled with "members of federally recognized tribes or Alaska Native organizations who are not employed by a community development quota program or the pollock industry."
The problem with the present council, the resolution says, is that it's "dominated by state and industry voices that do not advocate or represent the subsistence needs of Alaska's rural tribal peoples."
The council currently has 11 voting members from Alaska, Oregon and Washington.
So four new Native seats obviously would form a potentially powerful voting bloc.
No individual legislator's name appears on the resolution as sponsor. Rather, it was introduced by the Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee, the chairman of which is Sen. Donny Olson, D-Nome.
The resolution hasn't advanced since it was introduced on Feb. 26.
Of course, legislative resolutions don't carry the same weight as bills to actually change the law.
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