By Caroleine James of the Wrangell Sentinel
And Clarise Larson of the Juneau Empire 

Southeast Natives find little land available in federal allotment program


February 8, 2023

Einar Haaseth served in Vietnam from September 1964 to December 1965, and never received his entitlement of up to 160 acres of land under the 1906 Alaska Native Allotment Act. The program has reopened, but for Haaseth, and other Native veterans living in Southeast, there’s a problem: Nearly no Southeast Alaska land is available under the program.

Last fall, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced an order and made available more than 27 million acres of public land to Alaska Native veterans who were unable to apply for their acres while serving during the Vietnam War between 1964 and...

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