Alaska Natives Voice Concern Over National Tribal Consultation Policy

A 2000 executive order directs federal agencies to consult with tribes on actions affecting them, and in 2009, President Obama directed federal agencies to work out how to carry that out. As the Secretary of Interior prepares to sign off on a national policy on tribal consultation Thursday, representatives of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes continue to raise objections to part of it.  They’re concerned about an addendum that outlines a consultation process for corporations created under ANCSA, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.

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Joaqlin Estus is a reporter at KNBA in Anchorage.