ANCSA Lands Nunakput - Our Land









Iñupiat Family - Barrow, AK

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was signed into law on December 18, 1971. ANCSA's intent was to settle all aboriginal land claims by Alaska's indigenous peoples. Its precursor was the discovery of oil reserves on Alaska's North Slope. Without settling land claims, the Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline could not be built. Under ANCSA, Alaska's aboriginal land was divided into 12 land based regional corporations and one for other Alaska Natives residing in the lower 48 (13th region). In addition to regional corporations based on tribal and geographical affiliation there were also village corporations. In the Arctic Slope region, 8 village corporations were established.

Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) is the village corporation organized under the ANCSA for village of Barrow, AK.