U.S. House of Representatives Approve Omnibus Lands Package
Sealaska is pleased to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved an omnibus lands package numbered H.R. 2578. Included in the collection of land bills is H.R. 1408, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement and Jobs Protection Act.
Sealaska continues to seek finalization of a land settlement mandated under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Under ANCSA, Sealaska will receive approximately 370,000 acres. To date the federal government has conveyed only 290,000 acres.
Sealaska greatly appreciates the leadership of Congressman Don Young for carrying H.R. 1408 and its message through the nation’s capital, and ensuring its inclusion in H.R. 2578.
The House Omnibus Lands Package will now be sent to the Senate for its consideration.
Finalizing Sealaska’s land settlement under ANCSA is not complete and continues to maneuver through the legislative process. A companion bill introduced by Senator Murkowski, S. 730, remains pending in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Sealaska anticipates that the Senate will develop its own Public Lands Bill Package or may consider and amend the House passed package.
Before any bill becomes law, both the House and the Senate must approve it, and then the president must sign it into law. Today, Sealaska made progress on the path to final passage.