FAIRBANKS — Late last week the Native village corporation for the village of Minto and the Minto Village Council, completed a lengthy effort to identify thousands of acres of land claims eligible under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
The Seth-de-ya-ah Corporation’s work on the claims for the village and the surrounding 69,000 acres of lands clears up some questioned titles so the lands can eventually be transferred to become land base for private and public development.
ANCSA allows to transfer of title to communities so they own the land they occupied back on Dec. 18, 1971, the date of the passage of ANCSA. The law also includes land for future expansion of communities.
The next step in the process will be the submission of a map of the boundaries to the Bureau of Land Management to survey the land parcels. After the surveying is complete, the lands can finally be transferred into the Seth-de-ya-ah Corporation’s ownership.
The Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs staff provided assistance to Seth-de-ya-ah Corporation and the Minto Village Council.