DOI Opens 27 Million Acres to Native American Veterans

Vietnam-era Alaskan Natives can each select up to 160 acres.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced last week that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will open 27 million acres of federal lands to eligible Native Alaskan Vietnam veterans. Secretary Haaland made the announcement at a roundtable discussion with Native Alaskan Vietnam veterans, who are eligible to select up to 160 acres each to care for the land themselves and with their Native Alaskan Tribes.

“We have a sacred obligation to America’s veterans. I honor the sacrifices made by those who serve in our military, and I will not ignore land allotments owed to our Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans,” said Secretary Deb Haaland, whose father served during the Vietnam War. “I am grateful to the veterans we met with today for their patience as we have worked through the needed analyses, and to the BLM team that moved expeditiously to deliver on this promise.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the president and his administration as they collaborate with Native American tribes and leaders.
  • For Secretary Haaland to seek God’s leading as she heads the Interior Department.
  • For the Alaskan Native Vietnam veterans as they steward the land.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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