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The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, or ANCSA, transferred title to land to for-profit regional and village corporations, not to tribes. The proposed rule-change would allow the federal government to take land into trust for tribes.

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, or ANCSA, transferred title to land to for-profit regional and village corporations, not to tribes. The proposed rule-change would allow the federal government to take land into trust for tribes.

The Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn, has announced an extension of the comment deadline on the proposed rule to accept applications to place land into trust in Alaska. The extension was announced today (7/1) after several requests. The public may now provide written comment through July 31st. The Proposed rule was announced earlier this year. It would allow the Secretary of the Interior to consider applications to take land into trust in Alaska. The proposed rule to explicitly include Alaska has been available for public comment since May 1.

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