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Eligible Alaska Native veterans can get up to 160 acres of Federal land
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.
PROGRAM UPDATE (May 13, 2021) | The Department of the Interior today announced next steps in the implementation of the Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans Land Allotment Program. While the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reviews the previous Administration’s broad Public Lands Orders (PLOs), the bureau will expedite and process veterans’ allotment applications across the area addressed by those orders. Get the full update
The Dingell Act's 5-year-long Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019 is still open and accepting applications with 1.6 million acres currently available for selection by eligible veterans.
The selection period is active until December 29, 2025, for the estimated 2,200 eligible veterans and heirs. Nearly 30 allotment applications are already being processed, and the BLM is poised to receive more.
To date, the Fortymile, Good News Bay, and Bering Glacier, areas of the state have been affected by Public Land Orders revoking Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) 17(d)(1) withdrawals. These actions make about 1.5 million acres available under the statutory definition of ‘available lands’ in the Dingell Act, which authorized the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019.
MISSING ABOUT 700+ POTENTIALLY ELIGIBLE VETERANS & HEIRS
We still need your help locating about 700 potentially eligible veterans and families nationwide and getting them to provide current addresses to the Bureau of Indian Affairs at (907) 271-4506. Click on the graphic below to see what region they’re from in Alaska, and ask around for people who served between 1964 and 1971. We can’t give you their names due to Privacy Act concerns, but you can download and distribute our flyer to your community centers, shelters, veterans’ organizations, places of worship, and social services organizations.
Eligible veterans can apply through Dec. 29, 2025. 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.
- Update your mailing address and phone number with your BIA Realty Tribal Service Provider and personal representative, (if applicable). Enrollment Verification: (907) 271-4506 | BIA Realty: (800) 645-8465
- Get a copy of your DD-214, or print a VA Service Verification Letter right from the US Department of Veterans Affairs website. 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. You can also request the documents you need calling the VA benefits hotline at 800-827-1000.
* 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.
- Coordinate a personal representative appointed by an Alaska State Court, if needed.
- 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?
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)