Enrolled HJR 26: Urging the United States Congress to adequately fund land surveys in Alaska in order to issue patents to the State of Alaska and Alaska Native corporations.
00Enrolled HJR 26 01 Urging the United States Congress to adequately fund land surveys in Alaska in order to issue 02 patents to the State of Alaska and Alaska Native corporations. 03 _______________ 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS, at Statehood, Alaska was granted a land entitlement from the federal 06 government in excess of 103,000,000 acres; and 07 WHEREAS Alaska Natives, through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, were 08 granted a land entitlement from the federal government of more than 44,000,000 acres; and 09 WHEREAS, in 2004, the United States Congress passed the Alaska Land Transfer 10 Acceleration Act with the intent of largely completing land entitlement conveyance under the 11 Alaska Statehood and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Acts by 2009, the 50th anniversary of 12 Statehood; and 13 WHEREAS the United States Bureau of Land Management has aggressively and 14 diligently worked to implement the Act; and 15 WHEREAS, despite the efforts of the Bureau of Land Management, considerable 16 land conveyance work remains to be accomplished, particularly in the area of land survey; 17 and
01 WHEREAS land surveys are necessary to issue patents to the state and Alaska Native 02 corporations and are essential to determining with certainty what lands are owned by the state 03 and Native corporations; and 04 WHEREAS that certainty is needed for long-term land use and development; and 05 WHEREAS the United States Congress provided interim title by granting tentative 06 approval to the state and interim conveyance to Native corporations, but with the 07 understanding that the land would eventually be surveyed and patent issued; and 08 WHEREAS, as of January 31, 2010, more than 57,000,000 acres of land still await 09 patent, including more than 42,000,000 acres of land that has been tentatively approved to the 10 state, and 15,000,000 acres subject to interim conveyance to Alaska Native corporations, and 11 more than 7,000,000 additional acres await conveyance; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 13 Congress to appropriate sufficient funds to the United States Bureau of Land Management to 14 ensure the timely completion of land surveys in Alaska so that land promised to Alaska 15 Natives and the State of Alaska can be patented. 16 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 17 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 18 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Ken Salazar, United States Secretary of the 19 Interior; Ron Wenker, Acting Director, United States Bureau of Land Management; the 20 Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Steny 21 Hoyer, Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable John Boehner, 22 Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Harry Reid, Majority 23 Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the U.S. 24 Senate; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and 25 the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 26 Congress; and all other members of the 111th United States Congress.