Young, Murkowski Propose Sealaska Land Transfer Bills

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska –  Juneau
Senator Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young have introduced new versions of their Sealaska land-transfer bills. Murkowski’s measure was filed Tuesday, and Young’s was released Wednesday.

Both allow the regional Native corporations to select Tongass National Forest land. Sealaska could already claim acreage inside boundaries set by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The new bills, and their predecessors, authorize selections elsewhere in Southeast Alaska.

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