Young introduces bill to provide land for Native veterans

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressman Don Young introduced a bill that would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide land for Native veterans.

Young said the measure would affect about 2,800 Alaska Natives who served in the military during the Vietnam War and didn't get a chance to apply for a Native allotment.

The measure expands the military service dates for those eligible to the entire length of the war. Currently, the Act only affects those who served from 1969 through 1971.

The bill will also replace existing use and occupancy requirements, Young said.

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