Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966

19 Mile land not for public use


The land at 19 Mile with a river access road is a Native allotment owned by the descendants of a Chilkat tribal member. Recently trees have been cut blocking the access ramp, giving rise to comments and questions as to who has authority/ownership of the land that the ramp is on. The land in question is not owned by the State of Alaska, but by Chilkat Indian Village tribal members.

“No Trespassing” signs have been posted on the land stating that the land is a privately-owned Native allotment.

Illegal users of the area have used it as a garbage dump site and camping site. Using this land for any use is and will be considered trespassing.

The purpose of this letter is to remove question of the land’s ownership. It is not public land – it is an Alaska Native allotment and it is protected by federal laws. The tribal government has been and will continue to work with the Alaska State Troopers to enforce trespassing laws.

The number of descendants of this allotment owner is extensive and there is no single descendant named as spokesperson for this family. Since the land is a Native allotment of a tribal member, it falls under the purview and jurisdiction of the Chilkat Indian Village.

Don Hotch

for the Chilkat Indian Village


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