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1906: Allotments take land from Alaska Native villages

In the Alaska Native Allotment Act, the U.S. Congress establishes strict regulations about which Alaska Natives are entitled to an allotment of land. Government-issued titles to allotted land disrupt the collective ownership that Alaska Native villages believe they have over the land, which has been passed down over generations. Individual Alaska Natives who receive allotted land are required to give up their cultures and languages.

Federal-Tribal Relations, Land and Water, Native Rights
Arctic, Northwest Coast, Subarctic

An Alaska Native man poses for the camera in front of a U.S. Land Office, Alaska, ca. 1900–1902. The U.S. Land Office managed records related to the transfer of titles to land.

Courtesy Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks