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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, law, land use planning, mapping

Timeline: open

Grade Levels: 10-12

Purpose: to familiarize students with the process of becoming an Individual property owner as outlined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act


A. Brauser
ANCSA Studies



Square bullet Activities

  • Obtain or have students draw a map of your community which shows where things are in the village. Aerial photographs are available from the Bureau of Land Management. Whatever is used, make sure its scale is known. Contact the Alaska Area Native Health Services Division of the Public Health Service or the Division of Technical Services of the Bureau of Land Management for a map showing existing utilities, or recent photographs of the village. 
  • The students should go out and stake or mark the actual lot corners using the map as a guide (this as where the scale becomes important). If changes need to be made, make sure that they also occur on the map, as it is the "official plan." 
  • Repeat these steps for subsistence campsites. A United States Geological Survey map is useful here.

Square bullet Resources

  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act educational materials 
  • "14 (c) Handbook," Federal-State Land Use Planning Commission, Reconveying Land Handbook for Village Corporations, 1975
  • Alaska Native Land Claims by Arnold 
  • ANCSA, Bureau of Land Management publication, provides updates on status of reconveyances 
  • Bureau of Land Management, State Office, Division of Technical Services, Division of Cadastral Survey, Townsite Trustee 
  • regional corporations


  • The students might figure out how many townships their village is entitled to and what areas to select, and then map them. From this, 1,280 acres need to be set aside for "municipal conveyances." Considerations should include land necessary for community expansion, public rights-of-way, airport, navigation aids, and parks.

Carving and Jewelry Co-Op

Fund-Raising: Concessions/Raffle/Auction/T-Shirt Sales

Rummage Sales

Mail Order Business

School-Based Enterprises

Café Operation

Open House

Community Use of School Library

Village Recreation

Guest Speakers


Local Livelihood

On-the-Job/Cooperative Education

College Preparation

Teacher's Aide Training

Managing Community Affairs

Land Claims Brainstorming

The Corporation Game or Alaska Monopoly

Reconveyances: ANCSA Studies

Resource Development Options

City Council Meeting Simulation

Mock Board of Directors Meeting

REAA School Board Trip

Your Village

Family Tree

Village Archaeology

Building Traditional Dwellings

Cultural Heritage Projects

Traditional Hunters Manual

Ethnic Dinners

Following the Iditarod Dog Race

Visit to the Tribes

Trip to Mexico

Cross-Country Skiing

Firearms Handling

First-Aid Training

Christmas Shopping      



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006