“Eklutna council to block highway”
From the Knik Arm Courier, Oct. 28, 1970:
The Eklutna Village Council at their Monday meeting resolved to take legal action to hold up the construction of the extension of the Anchorage to Fairbanks highway from Peters Creek to Eklutna until the settlement of the Native Land Claims.
Acting on a protest, which had been filed in 1951, the Council unanimously resolved to block the efforts of the State to acquire Right of Way through certain protested lands near the village.
Although the village recognized the need for this project, it was felt that the State could do more than it has to aid this Community in terms of development.
It was further stated that the status of the land at present makes it impossible to derive any direct benefits from the state. Any monetary benefit would go into the Federal general fund without any benefit to the village. The holdup could be until the land claims are settled.
In the past, Right of Way resulted in the lifting of the freeze by recommendation of the village by resolution early in 1970. This practice was stopped.
The protested land effected lies between Anchorage and Palmer.
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