House Committee Passes Young’s Alexander Creek Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously approved legislation introduced by Alaska Congressman Don Youngto settle a long-standing claim by the Alaska Natives from Alexander Creek, Alaska. The legislation, H.R. 1418, would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to recognize Alexander Creek, Alaska as an Alaska Native Village – entitling them to the same benefits entrusted to other Native Village Corporations established pursuant to the law.
Congressman Young providing speaking in support of H.R. 1418, the Alexander Creek Recognition Act (click here to watch).
“Congress passed ANCSA in 1971, and the legislation provided for the formation of Alaska Native Regional and Village Corporations. These Corporations received land and benefits to support the well-being of their respective Native shareholders. In order to form a Village Corporation, a community was required to have 25 shareholders,” Congressman Young said before the House Natural Resources Committee. “When BIA developed the shareholder roll for Alexander Creek, residents were mistakenly undercounted and the community was not allowed to form a Village Corporation.
“For over 45 years, families from Alexander Creek have lacked the foundation for social and economic support afforded to other villages. It is time we right this injustice before more elders pass away. My bill would open a negotiation between Alexander Creek and the Department of Interior to fairly and equitably settle Alexander Creek’s claims. My bill does not prescribe any benefits but ensures that the settlement will be in rough value parity with other Village Corporations, given consideration for the time that has passed since the enactment of ANCSA. Mr. Chairman, this is a simple bill that takes care of an injustice that happened in 1971. I strongly encourage its passage.”
Click here to learn more H.R. 1418.