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Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor to Attend Ceremony Commemorating Land Transfers to Nunamiut, Arctic Slope Regional Corporations


ANCHORAGE – On Wednesday, October 22, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor will sign the final patent transferring land to Nunamiut Corporation, fulfilling the corporation’s final land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act for the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. Additional acreage will also be transferred to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.

With these transfers, nearly 44 million acres, or 96%, of the 45.7 million acres of Native land entitlements under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act will have been conveyed to Alaska Native corporations over the past 40 years. All but 10 million acres of those conveyances will have received final patent, and final entitlement will be met for 99 villages with 135 remaining requiring closure.

Details on the event are below.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Office of the Secretary Conference Room

1689 C Street

Anchorage, AK

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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