Keeping Alaska Native Stock in the Hands of Native Family Members
Urging the State of Alaska to adopt legislation that would amend State law regarding the disposition of ANC shares.
Education Tax Credit
Restore the Education Tax Credit to 100% for up to $300,000 of dollar-to-dollar educational contributions. READ MORE
Formation of boroughs around lands under Native jurisdiction
ANCSA 14(c)(3) Lands
Develop a standard operating procedure at the State level to return 14(c)(3) lands to Appropriate Village Entities (AVEs)
Equitable Revenue Sharing:
Contaminated Lands legislative objectives:
Infrastructure – Energy legislative priorities:
Protect Native 8(a) Contracting and support increased opportunities for ANC economic development
The goal of the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) is to change current federal policy on land clean up and remediation. There are over 1,000 contaminated sites on land conveyed to Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) and additional sites on land pending conveyance. These sites were contaminated under ownership and/or responsibility of the federal government and then transferred to Native ownership.
In 1998 the Department of the Interior issued a report to Congress, entitled Report to Congress Hazardous Substance Contamination 1998 . The report identified the need for a comprehensive fix and six action items to initiate the process.
ANVCA became involved when this report was brought to our attention in 2012 by one of our member Alaska Native Village Corporations. Since 2012, ANVCA has worked to educate Alaska’s Federal delegation, the State Legislature, members of Congress, and others to keep the issue in the forefront. In 2014, Congress asked for an update to the 1998 report, to identify the status of each site, for example, if any remediation had been done, and recommendations going forward. In June of 2016 the update was released, 2016 Update Report to Congress_ Hazardous Substance Contamination of Alaska Native Claim Settlement Act Lands in Alaska .
Contaminated sites contain a variety of toxic materials including:
Arsenic ● Solvents ● PCBs
Asbestos ● Mining Waste Chemicals ● Mercury
Toxic Metals ● Unexploded Ordinances ● Petroleum & Oil
One of ANVCA’s objectives is to work with ANCs, state and federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop criteria to prioritize remediation ANCSA contaminated sites. Potential criteria could include impacts on health and safety, severity of contamination, cultural significance of the site, or economic development potential. Few studies have been conducted on the health and safety impacts of the contamination on human health, however anecdotally villages report higher rates of cancer and other illnesses linked to hazardous substances. Many of the rural contaminated sites are Villages which practice subsistence lifestyles there has been only limited research on the contaminants impacts to fish, berries and wildlife in these areas.
ANCSA Resource Guide – Site Cleanup
In 2016, ANVCA and a strategic task force including state, federal and tribal representatives developed the ANCSA Resource Guide to Cleanup for ANCSA Conveyed sites. This brochure is an overview of the current process from suspected contamination to restoration, list of potential resources, definitions and recommended practices.
To visit the DEC online database of these sites click HERE
Visit the ANTHC Website to learn more about the work group HERE
WATCH testimony from Afognak Board member Sarah Lukin to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee HERE
Contaminated sites spread through Alaska (some sites have been remediated)