BLM fulfills final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act entitlement for Qanirtuuq, Inc.
ANCHORAGE -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made an important land transfer to Qanirtuuq, Inc. today. The corporation's land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) is now fulfilled. Qanirtuuq, Inc. was formed under ANCSA to represent the Alaska Native village of Quinahagak.
The signing ceremony was held in Anchorage. Qanirtuuq, Inc.’s corporate board president Pauline Matthew and manager Warren Jones accepted the village corporation final patent for 2,434.54 acres. June McAtee, Vice President for Land and Natural Resources for Calista Corporation, accepted the regional corporation’s patent for the subsurface estate. Both land transfer documents were signed by BLM-Alaska State Director Bud C. Cribley.
Qanirtuuq, Inc. received its first conveyances under ANCSA from BLM in June, 1980. With this patent, Qanirtuuq, Inc. received just over 130,564 acres of land surrounding the village of Quinhagak, situated on the east side of Kuskokwim Bay.