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The Great Land Divided But Not Conquered: The Effects of Statehood, ANCSA, and ANILCA on Alaska

Joseph J. Perkins, Jr., Proceedings of 34th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (1988)

The past 30 years have witnessed the dividing of Alaska among the United States, the State of Alaska, and the Native peoples of Alaska. During these years, opportunities for mineral exploration and development in Alaska decreased overall and became much more difficult to identify and exploit. Now that the division of Alaska is substantially complete, however, some old opportunities have reappeared, substantial new opportunities have arisen, and the mineral industry has taken notice. This paper identifies these opportunities for mineral exploration and development and describes how to take advantage of them.