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BLM fulfills final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act entitlement for Huna Totem Corporation


ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today made an important land transfer to Huna Totem Corporation that completes the corporation’s land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA).  Huna Totem was formed under ANCSA to represent the Alaska Native village of Hoonah.

The signing ceremony was held at the BLM-Alaska State Office in Anchorage and was attended by the following representatives of the Huna Totem Corporation: Russell Dick, Chairman; Larry Gaffaney, Chief Executive Officer and President; Wm. O. Sheakley, Secretary; and Clare Doig, Forest & Land Management.  Ron Dunton, Bureau of Land Management-Alaska Deputy State Director for the Division of Lands and Cadastral, signed the final patent for 448.51 acres.

Huna Totem Corporation received its first conveyance under ANCSA from BLM in 1979.  With this patent, Huna Totem received just over 23,040 acres of land in southeast Alaska.

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