Is the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act a path to assimilation or a means of cultural survival?
That’s the question posed by Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl.
Sealaska director and former CEO Byron Mallott says the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is a work in progress.
Sealaska’s board of directors has approved a dividend distribution of nearly 12-million dollars to the corporation’s more than 20-thousand shareholders.
It looks like the Sealaska land-selection legislation will become part of a larger bill that could be easier to pass. At least that’s the case in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, opponents continue lobbying against the measure.
Sealaska has lost some its California casino land to foreclosure. But the regional Native corporation says it won’t hinder the project. The hundred-million-dollar-plus hotel and casino will be built about 85 miles north of San Francisco.
One of the Department of Agriculture’s top officials travels through Southeast Alaska and the nation’s largest national forest over the next week.
U.S. Agriculture Department … more