The Bureau of Land Management
is planning to transfer 11 acres to Sealaska Corporation
, an Alaska Native regional corporation.
Sealaska requested the land in 1975 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
. The area is traditional fishing grounds for the Tlingit people.
"It's made it through a lot of hurdles," BLM spokesperson Tom Jennings told The Daily Sitka Sentinel. "It's not a final approval, but it hasn't met any reason for rejection at this point."
Non-Natives are worried Sealaska will restrict fishing but the corporation has no plans to do so, general counsel Jaleen Araujo said.
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(The Daily Sitka Sentinel 4/26)
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