traditional land use

ANCSA: A complete or incomplete story of sovereignty


Shortly after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act passed into law in 1971, headlines started appearing in local newspapers that hinted at a growing confusion among Alaska Native communities: “Indian Country hard to define,” stated one Tundra Times edition. “ANCSA and tribalism?” asked another.

The articles were referring to the new, unusual Indigenous legal landscape that ANCSA had established, and the ambiguity surrounding tribes’ jurisdiction going forward.

“Exactly what authority might tribes exercise? ” asked one Tundra Times op-ed. Many were confused about how this legislation would affect tribal sovereignty in Alaska.

Fifty years later, there are still parts of this question that remain unanswered.

Resource Type

Sullivan, Meghan. ANCSA: A complete or incomplete story of sovereignty. January 22, 2022. Indian Country Today. Retrieved from:

Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan


The Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan arises from several earlier initiatives by Poplar River First Nation. Poplar River has completed a variety of studies for the planning area, including traditional knowledge and community history interviews with Elders, traditional land use studies, archaeological investigations, moose habitat sustainability mapping, an indigenous plants study, and a wild foods contaminants study. As well, case studies have recently been completed for several parks and protected areas initiatives involving First Nations elsewhere in Canada in order to identify lessons learned that can be applied in the preparation and implementation of our land management plan...

Native Nations

Poplar River First Nation. "Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan." Poplar River, Manitoba. May 2011.