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Alaska Native corporation land swap proposed

Pressured by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to make a speedy deal, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Native regional corporation have proposed a land swap affecting the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

Doyon Ltd. would convey 150,000 acres it owns within the refuge to the government and give up rights to select another 58,000 acres within the refuge. In exchange, Doyon would get 110,000 acres elsewhere with oil and gas reserves and oil and gas rights to an additional 96,000 acres

The Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich'in Tribe says it opposes the swap. The Birch Creek supports it.

Get the Story:
Land Trade Would Allow Drilling in Refuge (The Los Angeles Times 10/22)
Yukon Flats swap would give Doyon oil, gas land (AP 10/22)

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