"In 1971, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was enacted, giving 44 million acres of land and $963 million to 13 newly organized Alaska Native regional corporations. After 48 years, five Alaska Native communities have yet to be recognized by ANCSA. These communities include Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Wrangell.
To delve deeper into why these communities were left out of ANCSA legislation, Congress had the Institute of Social and Economic Research conduct a report (ISER Report) in 1993 on why this phenomenon occurred. In their thorough investigation, the report strongly suggested that there was no reason these communities should have been omitted. In fact, they could find no discernible difference between recognized and unrecognized communities.
As people of the landless community, we feel that 48 years has been far too long to receive rightful ownership and recognition of our traditional homelands. With this 116th session of Congress, we urge you to help our voice grow and reach the correct audience. As a movement and a people, we are closer than ever to achieving the same goal we had 48 years ago."
-Alaska Natives Without Land Website