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Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program

Application progress:

  • Applications Received:  390  
  • Applications in Process:  358
    • Applications Requiring Additional Information (including an amended applications): 120
    • Applications in draft survey: 87
    • Applications in Survey: 24
  • Applications Certificated: 21  
  • BLM still needs addresses for 150 eligible veterans (please spread the word).

Data is current as of 6/17/2024.

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We are still seeking contact information for Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans or their heirs who may be able to select up to 160 acres of free federal land in Alaska.

We need YOUR help finding them!

The Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019 is open to all eligible Alaska Natives who served in the armed forces between Aug. 5, 1964, and Dec. 31, 1971.

ALL eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans or their heirs may apply. 

Please contact the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Land Transfer Resolution Specialist Candy Grimes at cgrimes@blm.gov or call the Alaska Public Information Center at (907) 271-5960 to see if you or someone you know meet the requirements for the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019.

Applications will be accepted between Dec. 28, 2020, and Dec. 29, 2025, for the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019.The program provides the opportunity for eligible Vietnam-era veterans or their heirs to select 2.5 to 160 acres of Federal land in Alaska under the 2019 Dingell Act.

The program is open to all eligible Alaska Natives who served between Aug. 5, 1964, and Dec. 31, 1971, and it removes the requirement for personal use or occupancy mandated under previous laws. Those receiving allotments under previous programs are ineligible.​​

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What to do if not notified of eligibility

Veterans previously notified of eligibility will receive application materials in the mail. Read the Final Rules for details. 

Those not notified can take the following actions and consult the Final Rules for instructions to apply. 

  1. Update your mailing address and phone number with your BIA Realty Tribal Service Provider
     
  2. Get a copy of your DD-214, or print a VA Service Verification Letter right from the US Department of Veterans Affairs website. The VA Service Verification Letter gives dates of service and the character of discharge. You can also:

    BY PHONE | You can also request the documents you need calling the VA benefits hotline at 800-827-1000.

    IN PERSON | Vets and family members can also book an appointment online for in-person meeting at the Anchorage Regional VA office to discuss getting a copy DD-214 copies or a VA Service Verification Letter.

    OTHER ONLINE | Visit the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Office of Veterans Affairs or the US Department of Veterans Affairs to request your DD-214. 
     
    * If VA does not have a copy of your DD-214 because you've never filed a claim with them, then request your DD-214 directly from the National Personnel Records Center.  This can be done by faxing an SF-180 to NPRC at 314-801-9195 or completing the form online at the eVetRecs site (https://vetrecs.archives.gov/VeteranRequest/home.html) and mailing or faxing the signature page as instructed on that website. Veterans can also print a Service Verification Letter right from the VA's website..

    *Your local VA office or a veteran service organization can help you navigate the process, if you need assistance. 
     
  3. Coordinate a personal representative appointed by an Alaska State Court, if needed.
     
  4. Review our interactive map of currently and potentially available lands for selection by eligible individuals. It will be updated regularly to account for changes as more lands become available and once allotments are applied for over the course of the program.

Once you update your contact information and receive your DD-214, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where are you keeping those documents?
  • Does anyone else know where to find them?
  • Who would you like to represent you & do they know you want them to?
    • Do they know what lands you want to select?
    • Did you list them in your will as a representative?

Why does it take so long to process an application?

Often times, applicants change their minds about the land they selected. When this happens, we have to start over and though we are more than happy to make adjustments to the application packet, it does significantly extend the time it takes to process them. The records must be updated each time there is an amendment to an application. What this includes every time:

  • Coding and land ties in ALIS (migrating to MLRS soon)
  • Request an update for both the Master Title Plat and Historical Index for both the old location and new location
  • Request an update to the ANVLAP GIS map for both the old and new location
  • Request new draft surveys and cancelation of the old request
  • Request new valid existing right reports and the cancelation of the old request
  • Request relinquishment from the State of Alaska or the Alaska Native Corporation if the selection is on their selected lands
  • Notify the State of Alaska or the Alaska Native Corporation that their conditional relinquishment is null and void for the old location

Approximately one-third of all applications submitted to date have requested amendments:

  • 55 applicants have amended one time
  • 15 applicants have amended two times
  • 6 applicants have amended three times
  • 6 applicants have amended four times
  • 3 applicants have amended five times
  • 1 applicant has amended six times

Program Updates

Program Update April 13, 2023

BLM employees with the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program went to Tulalip, Washington, April 4, for an outreach event in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and hosted by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (special thanks!). At the event, they met with more than 20 people to help them through the process, seven of whom were new applicants! 

Future outreach events will be posted on this page. 

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BLM land law examiner Mike Everett helps Florentino Barril and his wife Davina fill out an application for the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program in Tulalip Washington April 4, 2023. BLM teamed up with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Tlingit Haida Native Lands and Resources Division for the event. BLM photo by Lisa Hart.
Program Update Sept. 14, 2022

Public Land Order 7912 is now in effect, opening approximately 27 million acres of land for selection under the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program.

If you have any questions regarding available lands, please contact the Native Allotment Adjudication Section at 907-271-5998 or cgrimes@blm.gov.

Program Update April 25, 2022

Interior Department to Open 27 Million Acres of Federal Land to Selection by Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans

The BLM recently completed an environmental assessment and issued a finding of no significant impact on the effects of opening of federal lands within the Kobuk-Seward Peninsula, Ring of Fire, Bay, Bering Sea-Western Interior, and East Alaska planning areas to selection under the 2019 Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment program. 

BLM will now complete the legal descriptions to open the lands to selection. Lands are available for selection through December 29, 2025.

To find out more, read the Department of the Interior press release.

Program Update March 28, 2022

Bureau of Land Management releases draft environmental assessment for Alaska Native Vietnam-era vets land selection

The Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental assessment and draft finding of no significant impact that analyzes the effects of making approximately 28 million acres of land available for selection by eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans.  

Maps and other planning documents associated with the project are available on the BLM’s National NEPA Register at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2014748/510 and can be reviewed at the BLM Alaska Public Information Center.  Please phone ahead to make an appointment.  

For more information, see the press release from Mar. 24, 2022.

Program Update March 4, 2022

Bureau of Land Management releases draft environmental assessment for Alaska Native Vietnam-era vets land selection

The Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental assessment and draft finding of no significant impact that analyzes the effects of making approximately 28 million acres of land available for selection by eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans.  

Maps and other planning documents associated with the project are available on the BLM’s National NEPA Register at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2014748/510 and can be reviewed at the BLM Alaska Public Information Center.  Please phone ahead to make an appointment.  

For more information, see the press release from Mar. 24, 2022.

Program Update Jan. 31, 2022

The BLM still needs current addresses for 702 predetermined eligible individuals. The Aleut Region is the only region where we have current address for all their eligible vets. We still have 259 vets who need to provide their character of discharge before we can determine their eligibility.

Read the law 

Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans land allotment section (Sect. 1119) of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act)

Program Outreach

Contacts

PUBLIC | Contact the BLM Native Allotment Section with questions at (907) 271-3786 or meverett@blm.gov.

MEDIA | Contact Jim Hart at jehart@blm.gov.

MAIL APPLICATIONS |  Bureau of Land Management, ATTN: Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Section, 222 West 7th Avenue, Mail Stop 13
Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504

Rules & Applications

  • Final Rules officially published Nov. 27, 2020 govern the program.
  • Application period runs Dec. 28, 2020 through Dec. 29, 2025. Application packages are being mailed to those who already received eligibility notices earlier in 2020.
  • Instructions for completing applications and for those not previously notified of eligibility are available in Section 400 the Final Rules.
  • Mail applications to: 
    Bureau of Land Management
    ATTN: Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Section
    222 West 7th Avenue, Mail Stop 13
    Anchorage, Alaska 99513–7504
  • Download comments on proposed program rules that informed final rules development.

Eligibility Notices

BLM mailed letters to 1,975 eligible veterans between July and September 2020 notifying them of eligibility to apply.

Second notices with applications confirming eligibility were mailed to individuals and their Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Realty Services Office Tribal Service Providers in conjunction with official Final Rules publication Nov. 27, 2020.

Instructions for those not previously notified of eligibility are contained in the program rules.

 

Available Lands