. Alaska Natives’ complicated identities « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – This is part 1 of a 3-part series on Alaska Native identity as part of Indian Country Today’s project on the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.La quen náay Liz Medicine Crow was born in December 1971, a few days after the enrollment cutoff for the landmark Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. “We grew up together!” she joked. The slight difference in days meant that Medicine Crow, Tlingit and Haida, didn’t receive shares in her regional Alaska Native corporation, while her older sister did — an arbitrary date determining who was an Alaska Native for ANCSA purposes.

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