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Alaska IRA

In 1936, Congress extended certain provisions of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) to the Territory of Alaska. The amendment, known as the Alaska IRA, included the following language:

[G]roups of Indians in Alaska not heretofore recognized as bands or tribes, but having a common bond of occupation, or association, or residence within a well-defined neighborhood, community, or rural district may organize to adopt constitutions and bylaws and to receive charters of incorporation and Federal loans under section 16, 17, and 10 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (48 Stat. 984).

In recent years, the Department of the Interior ("Department") has received a number of requests from groups in the State of Alaska seeking to organize under the Alaska IRA. This process is separate and distinct from the Department's administrative process for Federal acknowledgment described in 25 CFR Part 83, Federal Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes.  

On January 2, 2020, the Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register. Furthermore, the Department has invited Federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations to attend one or more consultations or public meeting sessions. Additional information is provided in the presentation available here.

Comment Period

The comment period of Monday, March 2, 2020, has closed. Comments received can be viewed on regulations.gov at this link.

Consultation and Public Meetings 

Date Event Time Location
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Tribal Consultation
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Local Time)
Centennial Hall Convention Center
101 Egan Drive
Juneau, AK  99801
Public Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Local Time)
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Tribal Consultation
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Local Time)
Raven Landing Center
1222 Cowles Street
Mailing: 949 McGown Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Public Meeting
(see Transcript above)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Local Time) 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Tribal Consultation
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Phone: (888) 456-0351
Passcode: 5309360
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Public Meeting
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Phone: (888) 857-9837
Passcode: 6239571
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Public Meeting
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Phone: 800-857-9752
Passcode: 8078300

Previous (2018-2019) Consultation and Public Meeting Information

In effort to provide more clarity and transparency to those groups seeking to organize under the Alaska IRA, the Department invited both, Federally recognized Tribes in Alaska and Alaska Native Corporations, to participate in a listening session and series of consultations to be held in Alaska in 2018 to discuss how the Department might better implement the statute's acknowledgment provisions.
***The consultation sessions previously scheduled for Bethel, AK and Kotzebue, AK have been rescheduled.  The rescheduled dates and locations are reflected in the table below.  The letter announcing the rescheduled meetings and the new comment deadline of March 15, 2019 is available here.***
**Please note the consultation sessions previously scheduled for Bethel, AK on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, and Kotzebue, AK on Thursday, December 6, 2018, were canceled (the letter announcing the cancellation is available here) and have been rescheduled for Bethel, AK on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and Kotzebue, AK on Thursday, January 17, 2019. The rescheduled dates and locations are reflected in the table below.  In addition, the comment deadline has been extended to January 25, 2019.
Time (All times are AKDT)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Listening Session
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Morris Thompson Center
101 Dunkel Street
Fairbanks, AK  99701

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Public Meeting
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall
320 W. Willoughby Avenue
Juneau, AK 99801

Friday, August 3, 2018

Tribal Consultation
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Ketchikan Public Library
1110 Copper Ridge Lane
Ketchikan, AK  99901

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ANC Consultation
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Egan Convention Center
Summit Hall 4 (Located on the lower level)
555 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK  99501

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tribal Consultation
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Egan Convention Center
Summit Hall 4 (Located on the lower level)
555 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK  99501

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tribal Consultation
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Phone: (877) 716-4291
Passcode: 6919058

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tribal Consultation
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
420 Chief Eddie Highway
Bethel, AK  99559

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tribal Consultation
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Northwest Arctic Heritage Center
171 Third Avenue
Kotzebue, AK  99752

Previous Comments Received

Comments posted in the tables are in no particular order.

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation

Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Association of Village Council Presidents


Chugach Alaska Corporation

Wrangell Cooperative Association

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker

NARF, et al.




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