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A Nation of Indigenous Alaskans

Indigenous Alaskans or Native American tribes are native people of Alaska, United State and include: Yupik, Iñupiaq, Aleut, Yuchi, Haida, Tlingit, Kichwa, Athabaska, Shoshone, and others. They are sometimes classified by their respective language groups. Some of the most prominent groups of Alaskan Native Americans are: Yupik (Yukon Eskimo), Aleut (Anchor Mound Native American), Tlingit (Tlingit), Haida (Nenets Indian), Athabaska (Saulteaux Indian), Shoshone (Shoshoni) and other Northern Athabaska Native groups. Many of these groups are recognized as federally recognized by the US government. Each group is classified based on their physical appearance and culture. The Yupik group includes the Yupik Eskimo and the Yukiyaq (Iroquois). The group was originally from the Arctic region, but they have adapted to modern times.

Isolated and Remote

The Iñupiaq are from the northern Alaskan forests. The tribe is considered to be one of the most isolated, yet incredibly resilient, indigenous groups in Alaska. They are known for their unique culture. The Iñupiaq call themselves Yuchi, which means "People of the Woodlands." They speak a dialect of Yek 'k' hair, the Alaskan language, although some scholars think they are of more than one lineage. Their language group is known as the Shoshones. The Haida are also considered to be part of the Yuchi group. They were also called the Yuktacatl tribe and are known to be part of the Athabaska group. description The group is identified with its culture of wooden weapons and other cultural customs. Their language group is known as the Tsimshians. The Kichwa are considered part of the Tsi people. They were also known as the Athabaska and were believed to be part of the Shoshone group. Alaska has many Native American Indian tribes that are considered to be indigenous, yet the federal government does not consider the Native Americans of Alaska to be a Nation. Alaska's tribal relations should be respected by the state government.

Tribal Associations

Some of the Alaska Native tribes include the Ketchikan Tribal Association, the Tanana Tribal Association, the Takuak Tribal Association and the Chugach Tribal Association. The Chugach tribe was also recognized as an Indian tribe in the year 1940, although it has not been recognized as such. Most of the state is in the territory of the Ketchikan Indian Reservation, which covers all of the Alaskan State except the southern half. In this area there are three federally recognized tribes, the Klickitat, the Klamath and the Na-Cho. The Alaska Native tribes have their own government and their own education system. The state government provides some schooling, but does not provide much for their Native American Native culture. graphic Most of Alaska's Indian tribes are involved in the local economy and are involved in a variety of industries, including fishing, agriculture, logging, commerce, tourism and other forms of commerce. They also maintain a strong military.

Alaska As Its Own Nation

Because Alaska is considered a state, it can have its own unique identity. The government controls most aspects of Alaska's economy, especially the state's natural resources. Native Americans live in Alaska because they want to live in the place they know, which means they have a strong connection to their culture. They also have deep ties to their ancestors and are proud of their heritage. Unlike the other states in the United States, Alaska has not been granted recognition as a nation. Although Alaska is the smallest state in the union, it still has its own unique identity. The state government wants to retain its cultural and ethnic identity, so Alaska Native people are not given the same rights and privileges as other Americans. Alaska is a state that has many different tribes. Alaska Native tribes include the Takuak, Ketchikan, Na-Cho and the Chugach, as well as the Yakut, Kenai and the Umatilla. Alaska Native Americans need the State of Alaska to recognize their tribes and recognize their heritage. In order to do that, they must work with the state government to get recognition from the state.