23,040 acres could transfer over to Urban Corporation

Series: Alaska Natives Without Land | Story 2

November 26, 2020

Map courtesy of the Petersburg Borough

The plots in red show federal land within the Petersburg Borough around Portage Bay and Thomas Bay that would transfer over to a local Urban Corporation. The maps and supporting documents can be viewed on the borough's website under the "Alaska Natives Without Land" tab.

An Urban Corporation for the Petersburg area would claim 23,040 acres of federal land within the Petersburg Borough should Congress pass legislation put before them by Alaska's congressional delegation.

The Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation Act would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) to allow native residents in Haines, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg and Tenakee to form Urban Corporations and receive 23,040 acres of federal land, or one township.

The five communities were not included in ANSCA, which divided 44 million ac...

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