US government finalizes first land allotments under 2019 law


November 11, 2021

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Department of Interior said the first two federal land allotments to Alaska Native Vietnam War-era veterans have been finalized.

Frank Nanooruk and Richard Boskoffsky received the first allotments under a 2019 law passed by Congress, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The allotments are east of Goodnews Bay in southwest Alaska, agency spokesperson Richard Packer said by email Friday.

The Interior Department said the allotments were finalized Thursday.

Under the 1906 Alaska Native Allotment Act, Alaska Natives were allowed to apply for up to 160...

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