ANCSA Closing Ceremony Photo Archives
When village and regional corporations reach full entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the BLM and the corporations often gather for a "closing ceremony" to sign patent documents and celebrate this milestone.
During this ceremony, the BLM typically presents the final patent for the lands (surface estate) to the village corporation and the patent for subsurface estate to the regional corporation.
Below are photos of closing ceremonies from recent years.
LEFT: Ekwok Ltd. President Luki Akelkok, Sr., received final patent for Ekwok on July 27, 2010. RIGHT: Bristol Bay Native Corporation Chair Joseph Chythlook accepted the subsurface patent. The documents were presented by BLM Anchorage District Manager Gary Reimer.
Buckland and Deering
LEFT: Donald Sheldon, Chair of NANA Regional Corporation, accepts final patent for Buckland. RIGHT: Marie Greene, President and CEO of NANA Regional Corporation, accepts final patent for Deering. The patents were presented by BLM Lands Director Ramona Chinn on April 22, 2010.
Robert Keith, President of Elim Native Corporation, accepted final patent for Elim on March 4, 2010.