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Eligible Alaska Native veterans can get up to 160 acres of Federal land

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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 (April 16, 2021) | The Department of the Interior announced today that it will delay by two years the effective date of draft Public Lands Orders to determine whether to release all 28 million acres of Bureau of Land Management land in Alaska and open it to mining and mineral development. During this time, the BLM will work to correct defects associated with initial analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, including inadequate review of potential impacts on subsistence hunting and fishing. As part of the supplemental review, the BLM will engage the public and hold Tribal consultations.**

The Dingell Act's 5-year-long Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Program of 2019 is still open and accepting applications with 1.5 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.

** Background 

On January 11, 15 and 16, 2021, five Public Lands Orders were signed that would open 28 million acres of BLM lands in Alaska to mineral development, as well as for selection by the State and Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans. PLO 7899 was published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2021, but would not have taken effect until February 19. In order to comply with Executive Order 13990, its effective date was extended by 60 days to April 19, 2021. Today’s action will extend the effective date for two additional years. PLOs 7900, 7901, 7902 and 7903 were never published in the Federal Register and have no effective date.   

The Dingell Conservation, Management and Recreation Act of 2019 made lands available to Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans until 2025. The Department is committed to honoring those land selections, as well as land selections made by the State of Alaska, on eligible lands.   

 

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.

Pie chart depicting regions of origin for veterans missing addresses

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. 

  1. 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
     
  2. 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. 
     
  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?

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)

Quick Links

Contacts

PUBLIC | Contact the BLM Native Allotment Section with questions at (907) 271-5998 or CGrimes@blm.gov.

MEDIA | Contact Deputy Communications Director Eric Tausch at (907) 271-4405 or ETausch@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.

    More than 690 potentially eligible veterans/heirs cannot be located due to outdated contact information with the BIA. Download and distribute a flyer to help spread the word.

    Eligibility for about 270 veterans is still pending discharge status verification. 

    Available Lands

    News

    4/16/2021 Federal Register | PLO 7899 (Kobuk-Seward) to open in April 2023

    11/5/2020 ...Administration Approves Final Rules...

    8/8/2020 AP | Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land

    8/7/2020 KNOM | Public Comment Period Closing on AK Native Veteran Program

    7/31/2020 Native America Calling | BLM & BIA leaders seek eligible Alaska Native... (25:48-00:31:00)

    7/27/2020 VA podcast calls all vets to action for 2019 AK Native land program

    7/10/2020 Comments sought by Aug. 10 for Alaska Native Veterans Land Program Proposed Rules

    6/25/2020 NPR | ...Native Vets Missing From Allotment Rolls

    6/24/2020 Trump Administration Supports Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans

    1/7/2020 BIA Receives List of 7 Million Vietnam veterans...

    5/25/2019 AP/ADN | Native Veterans get another chance...

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