Land-Selection Legislation Talks Ended

Sealaska and environmental groups have ended talks over land-selections legislation without reaching a compromise.

The Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and others met on and off for about six weeks starting in April.

Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho moderated the meetings. He sent a letter to bill sponsor U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski last week.

It said, “the participants have not reached agreement and now recognize that they cannot make further substantive progress without a better sense of the likely framework of Congressional action.”

SEACC Executive Director Lindsey Ketchel says those seeking a compromise may be willing to try again, depending on changes made in Washington.

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

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