ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — State prosecutors are disputing religious protection claims by Alaska Native fishermen cited for illegal fishing who say bans on their subsistence lifestyle violate their spiritual freedoms.
The fishermen "raised an issue without adequately briefing it," the state said in a court filing this week.
Prosecutors were responding to a motion seeking to consolidate the April trials of 21 fishermen to allow two specialists to testify as pro bono experts on Yup'ik Eskimo culture and spiritual matters.
The fishermen were among dozens of Alaska Natives cited last year during a weak king salmon run.
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