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Release Date: 12/13/13
Contacts: Erin Curtis, 907-271-4418,    
  KJ Mushovic, 907-271-3322,    
News Release No. 13-38

BLM fulfills final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act entitlement for Evansville

FAIRBANKS – On Dec. 9, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made an important land transfer to Evansville, Inc. completing the corporation’s land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA).  Evansville, Inc. was formed under ANCSA to represent the Alaska Native village of Evansville. 
The signing ceremony was held at BLM’s District Office in Fairbanks.  The ceremony was attended by Sheryl Meierotto, president of Evansville, Inc.  Ronald Dunton, BLM-Alaska Deputy State Director for the Division of Lands and Cadastral, signed the final patent for 639.92 acres.
Evansville, Inc. received its first ANCSA conveyance from BLM in 1982.  With this patent, Evansville, Inc. received just over 69,149 acres of land in the upper reaches of the Koyukuk River drainage in northern Alaska.
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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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