Model for the world

By Rob Stapleton
First Alaskans

The 1971 Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement has become a model for others around the world. Indigenous groups from Australia, Bolivia, Finland, Panama and Russia, hoping to benefit from natural resource development on their traditional lands, have visited Alaska Native regional corporations in recent years to better understandthe effects of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Starting late this summer, groups of Bolivians and Australian Aborigines visited the Teck Cominco Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska. They wanted to know how Alaska Native corporations were formed and what input shareholders have in their corporations, said Rosie Barr, a resource manager with NANA Corporation.

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