BLM completes land transfer for Alaska village

Chuathbaluk is roughly 100 miles upriver from Bethel.

Chuathbaluk is roughly 100 miles upriver from Bethel.

The Bureau of Land Management says it has completed a land transfer for an Alaska Native village.

The BLM announced Wednesday that the signing of the final patent for more than 8,780 acres fulfills the land entitlement for Chuathbaluk under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The community of about 130 people is located 87 miles northeast of Bethel.

The land transfer was made to the Kuskokwim Corp., which was created in 1977 when 10 ANCSA village corporations merged. Chuathbaluk is among the 10 villages.

The BLM says the Kuskokwim Corp. received the first conveyance for Chuathbaluk in September 2005. Altogether, the corporation has received nearly 92,700 acres of land surrounding the village, which is located on the north bank of the Kuskokwim River.

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