. Alaska state recognition of tribes will be on ballot « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY A bill aimed at the same goal is before the state legislature. House Bill 123, which would require state recognition of the state’s 229 federally recognized tribes, passed the Alaska house last year. More than 2 dozen of the state’s 60 legislators have signed on as bipartisan co-sponsors. Alaska’s state Legislature meets annually from January to May. The Alaska Tribal Recognition Act would simply say the state “recognizes all tribes in the state that are federally recognized.” Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, Yup’ik, a Democrat representing the predominantly Yup’ik Yukon-Kuskokwim region of western Alaska, introduced House Bill 123 on March 3, 2021. It passed the House on a 35-4 vote on May 19, 2021.


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