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...about Tetlin Native Corporation's efforts to recover their land
from the KINROSS GOLD Partnership's
IT IS ABOUT RECLAIMING OUR LAND
Tetlin Native Corporation Simplifies its Opposition
to the KINROSS Partnership Mineral Lease
Tetlin Native Corporation (TNCorp) is not attacking the Tetlin Village Council or the Tetlin tribe in their current support of the Mahn Choh mining project. What the Corporation seeks is relief from the KINROSS partnership’s infringement upon TNCorp’s land.
Tetlin Native Corporation’s dispute against the KINROSS Manh Choh mining partners is not about GOLD; It is about preserving its shareholders’ LAND. It is also about ending their blatant misrepresentation of the Native Village of Tetlin and the Tetlin Village Council as the ANCSA Village Corporation...
A side-by-side look at the KINROSS mining partnership’s version of ANCSA and Tetlin’s Landownership
KINROSS MINING PARTNERS
ANCSA granted the Tetlin Tribe 768,000 acres.
The Tetlin Village Council granted the mining partners 780,000 acres they own.
The Council owns 675,000 acres pursuant to ANCSA
The Council is an ANCSA village corporation
Tetlin opted out of ANCSA
Contango Ore Article: Working with Tetlin Tribe
“When the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was passed in 1971, the reserve was revoked and the Tetlin Tribe opted for surface and subsurface title to the 768,000 acres of land making up the former reserve, rather than becoming aligned with one of the Regional Alaska Native Corporations (Doyon or Ahtna). Today the Village of Tetlin owns 675,000 acres of fee simple surface and sub-surface title, while the Tetlin Native Corporation (TNC) owns the balance of lands in the Tanana River valley. Originally Contango ORE and now the Peak Gold LLC have a mining lease agreement with the Tetlin Village Tribal Council. There is no agreement on the adjacent lands owned by the TNC.” https://www.contangoore.com/project/manh-choh
WHEREAS; Tetlin holds fee simple title to surface and subsurface estates in its former reservation lands pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act:, 43 U.S.C:. §_§\60J-i629 ("ANCSA")… and
"Land" means all of the lands owned by Tetlin (estimated at 780,000 acres) that were formerly known as the Tetlin Indian Reservation
OPINION: Manh Choh mining project gives Tetlin a path to self-sufficiency
Chief Michael Sam: “It is important to note that Tetlin opted out of ANCSA decades ago.” because the tribe had surface and subsurface rights to their land, therefore tribal members are not eligible for scholarships or dividends that help improve the quality of life for many villages.
TETLIN NATIVE CORPORATION'S
ANCSA never granted land to the Tetlin Tribe. ANCSA granted a Congressional land patent of 743,147.34 acres to Tetlin Native Corporation
The KINROSS mining partners Mineral Lease’s claim of 780,000 acres wrongfully includes all 100,000 acres of TNCorp’s land.
Tetlin Village Council has never owned 675,000 acres. Tetlin Village Council claims ownership of 643,147 acres leaving Tetlin Native Corporation 100,000 acres. No land held by the Council or the Native Village of Tetlin tribe is “pursuant to ANCSA”.
TNCorp is the one and only ANCSA village corporation for the Native Village of Tetlin.
Tetlin Native Corporation incorporated as an ANCSA village corporation in 1973 to receive land and/or cash grants from Congress under ANCSA. The village corporation opted not to receive cash but rather subsurface (minerals, oil, etc.) rights. These rights are exclusive to ANCSA land, not tribal.
UAF Tribal Governance
“The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act did not grant land to the tribes in Alaska…” https://www.uaf.edu/tribal/academics/112/unit-3/alaskanativeclaimssettlementactancsa1971.php
Alaska Native Lands and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA): Overview and Selected Issues for Congress (December 22, 2021)
ANCSA sought to create a land entitlement system different from the reservation system for the tribes in the lower 48 states. For instance, ANCSA created village and regional corporations, sometimes generally referred to as Alaska Native corporations (ANCs), not only to receive land under the settlement but also to aid in the disbursement of the settlement payment and boost the Alaskan economy. Unlike tribal governments, ANCs are business entities organized under the laws of Alaska. https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R46997/3
ANCSA REGIONAL ASSOCIATION
About the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
Through ANCSA, the federal government transferred 44 million acres – land to be held in corporate ownership by Alaska Native shareholders – to Alaska Native regional and village corporations. https://ancsaregional.com/about-ancsa/#land-selection-process
US DEPT. of the INTERIOR BUREAU of LAND MANAGEMENT
“Part of ANCSA provides for each specific regional or village corporation to select federal lands within their legally defined regions to be conveyed to them.” https://www.blm.gov/programs/lands-and-realty/regional-information/alaska/land_transfer/ancsa
STATE OF ALASKA DEPT OF LAW 2019
"Congress provided no land directly to tribes through ANCSA..." Dept. of the Interior Authority to Acquire [tribal] Land into Trust in Alaska
The United States of America [Land Patent] Tetlin Native Corporation — is entitled to a Land Patent pursuant to Sec. 19(b) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of December 18, 1971 (85 Stat. 688, 710; 43 U.S.G. 1601, 1618(b)), as amended, of the surface and subsurface estates in the following described lands,… Containing 743,147.34 acres.
Tetlin Village Council owns 643,174 acres of surface and subsurface land and the Tetlin Native Corporation owns 100,000 acres of surface and subsurface land.
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