Alaska Congressman Don Young has introduced legislation (H.R. 2388) the Subsistence Access Management Act of 2015. The bill would reverse the designation by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture of certain communities in Alaska as non-rural.
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (House Natural Resources) is holding a legislative hearing on H.R. 2388, on Wednesday July 22, 2015 at 10 am (AKDT). The honorable Lee Wallace, President of the Organized Village of Saxman will testify. In 2007 the Organized Village of Saxman filed a lawsuit in federal court over the Federal Subsistence Board’s 2007 decision to designate the Tlingit Native village as non-rural. Read KRBD story, Saxman files lawsuit over non-rural status here.
According to notice of the meeting. Rep. Don Young introduced H.R. 2388 on May 15, 2015. The bill would rescind the authority of the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture to designate an area or community as non-rural with respect to administering the Federal Subsistence Management Program on Public lands within the State of Alaska pursuant to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The bill would not alter the Secretarial authority to re-designate a non-rural area or community as rural
Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced a companion bill in the Senate, S.1154.
Rural determination for the community of Saxman has been ongoing. Read more here.