Doyon Receives Final Conveyance to Fortymile
On June 8, Doyon received final conveyance, which provides final legal ownership, to approximately 124,000 acres in the Fortymile area of the Doyon region. The Fortymile area is located northwest of the hub community of Tok in the Upper Tanana subregion.
Doyon started its land selection process shortly after the passing of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) in 1971. Doyon lands were chosen within villages where Doyon is the subsurface owner in most cases, followed by selections in a mandatory checkerboard pattern near villages, and finally lands located in key areas further away from communities for a variety of multiple uses.
During land selections, Doyon’s leadership and communities made selections for many purposes, including local use, cultural importance, and economic opportunity for long-term financial stability. The lands in the Fortymile area were selected for their mineral potential. Final conveyance provides Doyon and its communities with the opportunity to pursue strategic projects that support the goals of benefitting Doyon shareholders and the family of companies economically.
“This represents a decade-long effort for Alaska Native corporations to receive final titles to lands selected under ANCSA,” said Jamie Marunde, Doyon vice president