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Governor intends to rectify Native Vietnam veteran land allotments after Biden snub

President Joe Biden blocked a plan in its tracks that would have ensured that Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans could finally get the federal land they were entitled to in the 1970s. They were not able to apply for it while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he is going to make it right — as right as he can — possibly with state land.

Today he plans to announce a way, Must Read Alaska has learned, to get equivalent state land into private ownership with these war veterans, who were cut out generations ago and are quickly fading into history. It appears he will file a bill with the Legislature to advance the cause for Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans.

“I’m announcing a plan to rectify long-standing injustices faced by Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans. You can watch live on my Facebook page,” he wrote today. That page is at this link.

The public can also watch on the governor’s Vimeo Livestream page at 1 pm on Wednesday, May 5.

In January, at the beginning of the Biden Administration, he put the land selection process on hold for 90 days. Then, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who is Native American, imposed a two-year stay on the public land orders in Alaska, a project that had been worked on for four years by the Trump Administration. The orders had already been signed.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Biden and his new “Indigenous” Sec’y of the Interior threw Alaskan Native Vietnam Vets under the bus.

  • All the Alaska congressional delegation voted for her, they knew exactly what she was and who her loyalties belonged to. They made a poor decision.

  • Governor, many Alaskans use MeWe for 1st amendment reasons, maybe you can support these Alaskans. Thank you.

  • Might be wise for Alaska to open a liaison office in Beijing. Cut out the middle man.

  • I pay taxes for these wars. Do I get some free land too?

  • Perhaps the Gov needs to hand over federal lands and dare Harris – Xiden and their FIB to do something about it. Cheers –

  • A lot of Vietnam Vets were screwed over and lost out on commercial fishing permits because they were serving and couldn’t participate when the number of permits were reduced. Now the ferals led by one of their own want to cheat them out of their promised land allocations. When do these guys get to catch a break for their sacrifices?

  • Agimarc, please explain exactly how our governor could persuade a federal official to sign a deed conveying the federal land to the state to be re-conveyed as you suggest.

  • Yep, he is the governor of all the people, not just some!

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