Sealaska Meets with 14 Southeast Tribes Regarding Cemetery and Historic Sites

Over the past two years, Sealaska met with 14 Southeast tribes regarding cemetery and historic sites included in the final legislation. These consultations fulfilled a requirement of the legislation and also provided Sealaska an opportunity to discuss co-management of these sites under memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the tribes.

Sealaska meets with the Organized Village of Kake November 15, 2016

Federal legislation approved by Congress on December 14, 2014, conveyed final acreage due to Sealaska. The acreage includes:

  • 68,486 acres of large economic parcels
  • 490 acres (76 sites) of cemetery and historic sites (must be applied for under ANCSA Section 14(h)(1) regulations)
  • 1,099 acres (9 sites) of small economic parcels

Over the past two years, Sealaska met with 14 Southeast tribes regarding cemetery and historic sites included in the final legislation. These consultations fulfilled a requirement of the legislation and also
provided Sealaska an opportunity to discuss co-management of these sites under memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the tribes.

“Through the lands bill, up to 76 cemetery and historic sites will be returned to Native ownership,” said Sealaska Lands Manager Michele Metz. “Our goal with each tribal consultation is to let tribal leadership know about this opportunity to bring these culturally significant sites under Native ownership and to hear any concerns the tribes may have. Sealaska understands that these sites belong to clans, and the corporation is ready to sign MOA with those Tribes that have not already signed an MOA. Through these agreements, the Tribes and local knowledge and understanding will help guide the management of these important sites.”

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