Doyon Shareholder Siblings Publish Law Review Article Regarding the ANCSA Section 7(i) Settlement Agreement
Last month, the Alaska Law Review published a second article focusing on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Section 7(i). The first article was written by Doyon, Limited president and CEO, Aaron Schutt, while the second was co-authored with his brother, Ethan Schutt, senior vice president, land and energy development for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). Both brothers graduated from Stanford Law School and work for Alaska Native regional corporations that originate from ANCSA and comply with Section 7(i) obligations annually.
The first article, titled ANCSA Section 7(i): $40 Million Per Word and Counting, is a 46-page review of the history of Section 7(i), the ten years of litigation over the section that followed the passage of ANCSA, and the Settlement Agreement negotiated among the twelve regions and finalized in 1982. The article compares the unique resource revenue sharing model of Section 7(i) to that of other aboriginal land settlements around the world and reviews years of litigation and arbitration from the early 1970s to modern day.
The second article, titled The Grand Compromise: The ANCSA Section 7(i) Settlement Agreement, is a follow-up on the first. The article reviews the history of the ANCSA Section 7(i) Settlement Agreement, emphasizing negotiations that led to the passage of the agreement as well as legal cases regarding the agreement since passage. The article also provides a section-by-section analysis of the agreement, including court cases and arbitration decisions. In addition, the co-authors recommend that the 12 Alaska Native regional corporations consider amending the agreement to modernize and address issues that have arisen regarding the agreement since its passage.
“I have enjoyed learning more about the history of ANCSA over the past two years — especially such an important provision as Section 7(i) — and being able to share what we’ve learned with a broader audience,” stated Aaron Schutt.
“The ANCSA Section 7(i) Settlement Agreement is among the most important commercial agreements in Alaska because its terms govern and direct the flow of tens of millions of dollars annually among the 12 Alaska Native regional corporations. It was fun to work with my brother to research and write a scholarly piece regarding such an important agreement,” stated Ethan Schutt.
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