In the year 2015, the Craig Tribal Association submitted an application to put approximately 1.08 acres of land into federal Indian trust. This was the first application from Alaska to be approved by the Department of Interior since it issued a final revised rule in 2014. The regulation reverses a policy, dating back to 1971, that barred the BIA from processing land-into-trust applications in the 49th state.
On the morning of Friday, January 13, 2017, the Department of Interior announced that it had approved the Craig Tribal Association's land-into-trust application.
“The journey to this decision has been a long one. Today, the federally recognized tribes in Alaska have the same opportunity as those in the Lower 48 states to maintain a permanent homeland for themselves,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Lawrence S. Roberts said.
"Today is a historic day for the Craig Tribal Association and all Alaska tribes. This land, which is located within our traditional homelands, is the center of our government," said Craig Tribal President Clinton E. Cook Sr. "Alaska tribes have been unfairly left out of the fee to trust process for decades. This decision not only reflects a firm commitment by the United States to move forward in treating Alaska tribes like those in the lower 48 by providing us the same opportunities to exercise tribal self-determination; but recognizes the importance of rebuilding and restoring tribal homelands. Today’s decision ensures that our tribe will have a permanent center for our tribal government and provides economic development opportunities for our children and grandchildren. Our tribe sincerely appreciates the comments that were submitted by both the State of Alaska and the City of Craig, neither of which opposed the tribe’s application, and looks forward to continuing to work together and build strong partnerships. We commend Assistant Secretary Roberts for all of the hard work that led to his decision to approve our application. We also thank Secretary Jewell for her unwavering commitment to Indian country and supporting the restoration of tribal homelands."
CRAIG TRIBAL ASSOCIATION LAND-TO-TRUST
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"The Craig Tribal Association, a federally recognized Indian tribe, will protect and enhance the quality of life of its members by preserving, protecting and promoting its history, culture and traditions; promoting self-sufficiency and a strong work ethic; exercising the powers of self-government and sovereign immunity; while providing social, health, economic and education resources, opportunities and services that contribute to the well-being of the tribal community."
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