Federal legislation that would allow members of the Hoonah Indian Association to resume the harvest of seagull eggs in Glacier Bay National Park passed the House on Monday, according to a news release from Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.
"For nearly 50 years, the Huna Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska have been prohibited by federal regulation from practicing an integral part of their heritage they have shared for generations -- the traditional harvest of gull eggs in Glacier Bay," the release stated.
Young has spearheaded versions of HR3110, the Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act, in past years. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sponsored companion legislation in the Senate and successfully moved the bill through the committee process last year, according to the release.
"Passage of this legislation is an important step for upholding the traditional way of life for Alaska's First People," Young said in the release. "For the Huna Tlingit people, this traditional gull egg harvest is a culturally sinificant practice that took place well before the establishment of the Glacier Bay National Park. It's a shame that even after Congress amended the Migratory Bird Act in 1995 to allow for customary and traditional use of migratory birds by indigenous inhabitants of Alaska, gull egg harvests remained prohibited under National Park Service regulation."