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Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Section 14(c) Land Claims

Introduction

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was enacted into law on December 18, 1971. This Act was intended to settle outstanding land claims and establish clear title to Alaska’s land and resources. To do this, the Act established 12 regional corporations and a method of conveying surface estate (land) and subsurface estate (mineral and other resources) to each regional corporation. ANCSA also established village corporations and gave each village corporation, subject to valid existing rights, the right to the surface estate (land) in and around the village, as identified in Section 11 of the Act, as amended. The amount of land to be conveyed was identified in Section 14 (a) and allotted to the Native population of the village as follows:

  • for between 25 and 99 people, 69,120 acres;
  • for between 100 and 199 people, 92,160 acres;
  • for between 200 and 399 people, 115,200 acres;
  • for between 400 and 599 people, 138,240 acres; and
  • for 600 or more people, 161,280 acres.

The regional corporation for the area received title to the subsurface estate of the village corporation land.

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Revised 12/18/2014