By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Wrangell's Native community continues advocating for corporation lands

 

August 30, 2023

U.S. Forest Service map, prepared at the request of Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Proposed land selections in federal legislation to create a Native corporation for Wrangell include acreage near the Garnet Ledge, on the north end of Wrangell Island around the Shoemaker Bay overlook and Chichagof Peak, at Lower and Upper Salamander Creek, and on Blake Channel across from Berg Bay.

Advocates of the longstanding effort to create five new Southeast Alaska Native corporations say it's about ancestry, economic value and correcting a five-decade-old wrong.

This year, legislation before Congress would grant each of the five corporations, including Wrangell, about 23,000 acres of land from the Tongass National Forest. The proposed land selections for a Wrangell corporation are spread over about a dozen blocks around the area, as far south as Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island.

Similar legislation has been introduced unsuccessfully multiple times in the past 50 years.

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