December 14, 2018
RE: Please oppose inclusion of S. 785 (Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act, S. 785) in public lands package
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we are writing to express our opposition to the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act (S. 785) and its inclusion in an omnibus public lands package or any other end of session legislation.
While born out of good intentions, this bill represents a massive potential privatization of as much as 500,000 acres of public lands including lands within national wildlife refuges and even congressionally designated Wilderness areas. Far from a targeted, thoughtful effort to address inequities, S. 785 is a virtual blank check that could lead to thousands of new inholdings on public lands and allow for their development, transfer and sale to private interests.