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Release Date: 07/31/13
Contacts: Erin Curtis (907) 271-4418    
News Release No. 13-21

BLM fulfills final Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act entitlement for Huna Totem Corporation

ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today made an important land transfer to Huna Totem Corporation that completes the corporation’s land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA). Huna Totem was formed under ANCSA to represent the Alaska Native village of Hoonah.
The signing ceremony was held at the BLM-Alaska State Office in Anchorage and was attended by the following representatives of the Huna Totem Corporation: Russell Dick, Chairman; Larry Gaffaney, Chief Executive Officer and President; Wm. O. Sheakley, Secretary; and Clare Doig, Forest & Land Management. Ron Dunton, Bureau of Land Management-Alaska Deputy State Director for the Division of Lands and Cadastral, signed the final patent for 448.51 acres.
Huna Totem Corporation received its first conveyance under ANCSA from BLM in 1979. With this patent, Huna Totem received just over 23,040 acres of land in southeast Alaska.

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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