Glenn said, "it's a balance, a triangle of balance between the municipalities, the ANCSA
companies, and the tribal organizations.
was intended to be an engine of economic development for rural Alaska: an empowering alternative to the isolation, segregation, and burgeoning political radicalism of the continental U.
One story about ANCSA
sees a pact with the capitalist devil and ultimately a loss of sovereignty as indigenous Alaskans are contained and subordinated by relationships they can never control.
Many people thought that ANCSA
was the best deal they could get and if they did not support it they would be left with nothing at all (which was most likely true).
The court came to this conclusion notwithstanding that the ANCSA
conveyed the lands in fee simple without any restraint on alienation and explicity disclaimed any intent to establish a reservation and trustee system, the traditional hallmark of Indian country.
The canons do not apply to the ANCSA
because Congress did not act as trustee for the Alaskan tribes.
In addition to settling Alaska Native claims, ANCSA
recognized a federal interest in preservation of some of Alaska's most bountiful lands.
But running the corporations under the terms of ANCSA
To help get the ANCSA
bill through Congress, Rowan regularly attended meetings at the Capitol with other Alaskans.
It currently operates a number of companies involved in hospitality, transportation and security services, and it continues to pursue development plans for its ANCSA
land holdings, including its land at Echo Cove.
In the four decades since ANCSA
, the corporations have become an economic powerhouse in Alaska.
In 1971, ANCSA
(Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) was ratified to resolve long-standing indigenous land claims and to nurture economic development for Alaska Natives with the creation of the Alaska Native Corporation.