Sealaska Land Bill Endorsed by Nation's Oldest & Largest Native Organization
National Congress of American Indians cites economic and cultural needs of Southeast Alaska Natives
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has endorsed Sealaska's legislative effort to
finalize its land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
The resolution-passed unanimously at the 2010 Mid-Year Conference in Rapid City, South
Dakota-urges Congress to approve legislation allowing Sealaska to complete its long overdue land
entitlement from areas outside the original boundaries drawn by Congress in the 1971 land
settlement legislation. In part the resolution states:
"...Sealaska was treated differently than the other Regional Corporations
by having its land selections limited to areas within ANCSA withdrawal
areas drawn around some, but not all, of the Southeast Alaska villages
and many of these selections areas would not allow Sealaska to meet the
economic and cultural purposes of ANCSA."
"We're grateful for the support of NCAI President Jefferson Keel and NCAI members," said Sealaska
President and CEO Chris E. McNeil, Jr.
"Alaska Natives and American Indian people around the country have been struggling with the same
issues: securing at least some of our historic lands for the economic and cultural well-being of our
people. We are fighting for a very small portion of the productive and meaningful lands taken from our
people. Our lands bill is fundamentally a Native rights issue, and NCAI recognizes that in its current
state, ANCSA does not meet its own purposes or those of the Native people of Southeast Alaska," he
The full resolution, signed by NCAI President Jefferson Keel, is here.
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Posted: July 13, 2010
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