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Rep. Young Leads Hearing On Sealaska Land Entitlement Bill


Washington, D.C. - A hearing was held in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources today, on the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization Act, introduced by Alaskan Congressman Don Young.  This bipartisan legislation will allow the Sealaska Native Corporation to receive its remaining land conveyance under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971.  Sens. Murkowski and Begich have introduced the companion legislation in the Senate as well.  Rep. Young first took the lead on this legislation in the 110th Congress.

To view video of Congressman Young challenging BLM on this issue, click here

Testimony was presented by:
Ms. Marcilynn Burke
Deputy Director for Programs and Policy
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior

Mr. Jay Jensen
Deputy Under Secretary for Forestry
Natural Resources and Environment
Department of Agriculture

Mr. Byron Mallot
Board of Directors
Sealaska Corporation
Accompanied by:
Jaeleen Araujo, Vice President and General Counsel
Sealaska Corporation

Mr. Don Hernandez
Point Baker / Port Protection Community Representative

Ms. Julie Kitka
Alaska Federation of Natives, Inc.

Mr. Scott Newman
Alaska Bear Guides, LLC
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