Many of the grants will fund village construction, from Chignik Lagoon to Chistochina. HUD also selected one Anchorage grantee. Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Cook Inlet Housing Authority are due to receive $600,000 to rehabilitate a commercial building in Midtown.
The current town site was established around 1900 by Norwegians looking for a good spot to process fish commercially. But archaeologists are finding more evidence that Mitkof Island is just like others in the region. Tlingit people had settlements around Petersburg for thousands of years before Europeans planted their roots.
Increased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management.
The case centered around a dispute between Douglas Indian Association and Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska over about $1 million in federal transportation funds. The case had been watched closely by other tribes because it tested the jurisdiction of state courts over tribal disputes.