Alaska Native lands bill passes as part of controversial package
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
voted 232 to 188
Tuesday to pass H.R.
, a controversial bill that includes an Alaska Native corporation land selection.
, an Alaska
Native regional corporation, is entitled to land under the Alaska
Native Claims Settlement Act
of 1971. But the corporation hasn't been able to
complete its selection due to land restrictions and other concerns.
the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection
Act, finalizes the process.
The bill was included in H.R. 2578, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act.
“Today is an important day not only for Sealaska’s shareholders, but for all of Southeast Alaska,” Rep. Don Young
(R-Alaska) said in a press release
. “It’s a shame that now, over 40 years since ANCSA became law, Sealaska still does not have its full land allotment."
H.R.1408 has bipartisan support in Alaska. But environmental groups say Sealaska will be allowed to claim sensitive timber areas.
version of the bill is
. It has yet to move out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
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