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Resources Committee Holds Hearing On Salmon Lake Land Selection


Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing this morning on H.R. 2340, the Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act, sponsored by Alaskan Congressman Don Young.  The Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act ratifies the Salmon Lake Area Land Ownership and Consolidation Agreement, which was agreed upon by the Department of the Interior, the State of Alaska, and the Bering Straits Native Corporation on July 18, 2007.  It also authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to carry out all actions permitted or required under the Agreement.

Congressman Young’s remarks as prepared:

“Mr. Chairman, good morning.   I’m pleased that we are having a hearing on H.R. 2340, the Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act, which is supported by the Bureau of Land Management, Bering Straits Native Corporation, and the State of Alaska, who has provided a letter in support which I ask unanimous consent be included in the record.

“This simple bill will ratify an agreement between the BLM, Bering Straits Native Corporation, and the State of Alaska that provides a streamlined, reasonable, and equitable solution for all three parties regarding conflicting land selections in the Bering Straits Region.

“Importantly, this legislation makes administrative appeals and costly litigation between the three parties unnecessary.  But, more importantly, this legislation ensures continued subsistence and recreational use of this area that has taken place for generations.

“In short, this bill is good government at work and a model for how more things should work around here.  I commend the parties for coming together and working for three years to come to an agreement that everyone can support.

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”

Testifying on behalf of Bering Straits Native Corporation was Gail Schubert, Chief Executive Officer.

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