Federal government may review Alaska Native tribal status

A letter sent to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in May sought to prompt a review of the legal status of tribes in Alaska. The letter was sent to Interior by Senate president Lyda Green and House speaker John Harris and asked for a new review of Interior’s position on the existence of tribes in Alaska. The letter was crafted after the Eklutna tribe requested a permit for a bingo and pull tab gaming license.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage