LAND MANAGEMENT SERVICES

LMS FORMS & APPLICATIONS

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Talialuk Building
    1st floor Room 104
  • 907.443.4320
    800.443.4316
  • 907.443.4459
  • lms@kawerak.org

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

Land Management Services

Land Management Services provides management assistance to restricted Native allotment and restricted townsite lot owners and their heirs.

NOTICE TO VETERANS : John D. Dingell Jr Act, Public Law 116-9

If you have served in the military, or know a family member that has served anytime between the dates of August 5, 1964 – December 31, 1971 and have not applied for a Native Allotment; or were previously denied an Allotment; you may be eligible to receive an allotment under this new act passed by Congress. Please contact Kawerak Land Management Services so that we may start gathering information for the application process. Family members may apply for deceased Veterans.

When the process and the procedures open up for the application process, LMS will assist the eligible applicants to apply as much as we can. 

Many questions have arisen concerning the new Alaska Native Vietnam era veterans land allotment section (Sect. 1119) of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act).  Here’s what you need to know:

Before applications can be accepted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the new law requires that within 180 days of enactment, the Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs, prepare a list of potential applicants based on their service dates. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will then use the list to identify the potential applicants based on their Native heritage. Last, BLM will review the list for those who have already received allotments. Only those qualified individuals who have not previously received an allotment are eligible under Public Law 116-9.

The Department of the Interior and the Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct outreach to the eligible individuals. Alaska Native Vietnam Era Veterans do not need to apply immediately for their allotment. Once BLM has worked through all of the processes, Alaska Native Veterans who served during Vietnam Era will be notified to apply.

While that is being done, the BLM, with input from other agencies, potential applicants, and the general public, will draft the regulations that will guide the program and identify public lands that will be available for allotment within 18 months.

The application period will open when the regulations become effective.  The Department of the Interior will provide assistance in applying for allotments.  Applicants will have five years from the date the regulations become effective to apply for an allotment.

In order to help the process proceed smoothly, please ensure that the BIA has your current mailing address.

  1. Do I need to apply now?
  2. What can I do now?
  3. When did the legislation pass?
  4. Who will be eligible to select an allotment of land?
  5. Who will certify military service?
  6. Who will certify that an individual is an Alaska Native, as defined in ANCSA?
  7. If I am eligible, will I be notified? If I’m not notified, what do I need to do?
  8. What land will be available for selection?
  9. How large can the allotment be?
  10. What will be the process for submitting a selection application?
  11. Can selections be made in wildlife refuges?
  12. Can I select lands a Native corporation or the State of Alaska already owns?
  13. Will my allotment be subject to valid existing rights?
  14. Is land that is valuable for minerals available for selection?
  15. How do I get a copy of my (or my relative’s) DD-214 and other service-related paperwork?

Do I need to apply now?

No. Alaska Native Vietnam era veterans can not apply for their allotment until the rules are in effect.  Once BLM has worked through all of the processes, eligible Alaska Native veterans who served during Vietnam era will be notified to apply.

What can I do now?

If you believe that you are eligible under section 1119 of the Dingell Act, we encourage you to update your address with the BIA and VA.  You can also double check with each agency whether you are listed in their databases as meeting the definition for Alaska Native or Vietnam-era veteran respectively.

When did the legislation pass?

The legislation passed the House and Senate as section 1119 of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act and was enacted March 12, 2019, as Public Law 116-9. Section 1119 was originally the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act before being included into S. 47.

Who will be eligible to select an allotment of land?

Any Alaska Native who:

  1. Served in the armed forces between August 5, 1964, and December 31, 1971; and
  2. Has not already received an allotment of land.

A personal representative, acting on behalf of the heirs of a deceased Native veteran, may also apply for an allotment if:

  1. The deceased veteran has not already received an allotment of land; and
  2. The deceased veteran meets the military service requirement listed above.

Who will certify military service?

The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Who will certify that an individual is an Alaska Native, as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)?

The Bureau of Indian Affairs.

If I am eligible, will I be notified? If I’m not notified, what do I need to do?

If you are determined to be eligible by DoD, BIA, and BLM, you will be notified with a direct mailing in 2020.  BLM will update this website when that direct mailing has been issued. If you do not receive notification, it means that either that the contact information the government has for you is incorrect or you were not found to be eligible.

If you are not notified, a process will be in place for establishing that you have met the eligibility requirements:

  1. Of being a veteran pursuant to 38 U.S.C. § 101 who served in the Armed Forces between August 5, 1964 and December 31, 1971
  2. Meet the definition of Native in 43 U.S.C. § 1602
  3. You have not received an allotment pursuant to the Alaska Native Allotment Act (Act of May 17, 1906), Section 14(h)(5) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. § 1613(h)(5), or the 1998 Alaska Native Veteran Allotment Act (Section 41 of ANCSA; 43 U.S.C. § 1629g).

During this time, it is imperative that you ensure your contact information is kept current with BIA.

What land will be available for selection?

The Act makes all vacant (unappropriated), and unreserved BLM-managed public lands available. In general, reserved lands are those designated for a specific use like military bases, National Parks, or National Wildlife Refuge, or specific purposes like the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. BLM lands will include lands selected by the State or by Native corporations for conveyance and are available for selection by an eligible individual. The BLM will publish a map in March of 2020 with the lands that are available as of that date.

How large can the allotment be?

The allotment must be at least 2.5 acres in size, but no larger than 160 acres of land.

What will be the process for submitting a selection application?

The specific application process will be identified in the rules within 18 months of the date of the March 2019 enactment (September 2020). Once those regulations are published in the Federal Register and are in effect, eligible individuals will have five years to submit an application for an allotment of land.

To assist in determining what land is available, BLM will work with the State of Alaska and Alaska Native corporations to produce a map of land that is available for selection.

If an individual meets all eligibility requirements, and the land that is requested is available for selection, then a certificate with the patent for the land will be issued.

Can selections be made in wildlife refuges?

Currently, no lands within wildlife refuges will be available for selection. However, section 1119 of the Dingell Act also requires the Secretary to conduct a study of what lands can be made available for future selection within the National Wildlife Refuges within a year. The report will be sent to Congress. Only Congress can make refuge lands available for selection.

Can I select lands a Native corporation or the State of Alaska already owns? 

No. Section 1119 of the Act only makes BLM managed lands available and does not authorize title recovery.

Will my allotment be subject to valid existing rights?

Yes, any available Federal land conveyed under this Subtitle will be subject to valid existing rights.

Is land that is valuable for minerals available for selection? 

Yes, however any minerals not subject to valid existing rights will be reserved to the United States in your title document.

How do I get a copy of my (or my relative’s) DD-214 and other service-related paperwork?

  1. Visit the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Office of Veterans Affairs (DMVA). They can help you navigate the VA and National Archives systems if they don’t have your DD-214 handy.
  2. Visit the VA website. Note that you will need to sign up for milConnect, ID.me™, or already have a VA login through My HealtheVet (links for each service are provided on the VA website).
  3. Mail a “request pertaining to military records” (SF-180) to the National Personnel Records Center:
    1 Archives Drive
    St. Louis, Missouri 63138

You can also visit the National Personnel Records Center in person.

  1. Contact your local tribal veteran representatives local VA office, or national veteran service organizations. Similar to the DMVA, they can be very helpful in navigating the various systems to help you get your paperwork.

Kawerak Land Management Services

Kawerak Land Management Services provides management assistance to Restricted Native Allotment and Restricted Townsite Lot owners and their heirs as the Service Provider for the BIA.  Alaska Natives acquired restricted lands through the 1906 Allotment Act, and the 1926 Townsite Act.  Villages that DO contain Restricted Townsite Lots are Brevig Mission, Teller, Golovin, Koyuk, St. Michael, Shaktoolik, and Stebbins.

Some  of our services include:

  • Probates
  • Property Sales
  • Gift Deeding
  • Leasing and Permitting
  • Title Recovery
  • Mortgages
  • BLM Adjudication Information
  • Removal of Restrictions
  • Resolving Trespass Settlements
  • Granting Rights-of-way
  • Probating Restricted Estates
  • Wills
  • Forestry
  • Fire Suppression
  • Environmental Consulting

The first step for ANY transaction is to contact our office directly and we will send an application with the information regarding the process for any transaction listed above. Any transactions notarized or recorded in court will NOT be valid unless they go through our office.

If you have a restricted townsite lot or native allotment or inherited interest in either, you:

  • Cannot be taxed for your restricted property
  • In certain circumstances, allotees do not need to pay taxes on income generated from their restricted property
  • Are entitled to have your Last Will and Testament drafted free of charge, along with having your restricted estate automatically probated by the Kawerak Land Management Services Office and an Administrative Law Judge.

PROBATE SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

Native Allotments are Federal Property. The Probate process for Native Allotments is separate from State Probate Cases. Probates are the most common transaction that transfers ownership of Native Allotments. Currently, LMS has approximately 200 Probates to process and we need your assistance in getting these submitted with all the proper documents for the Probate Judge to process these cases.

When you loved one passes away, please contact Kawerak LMS Probate Department. Even if you are not sure they owened Restricted Native Allotment property, it is better to report and know for sure. Restricted Property WILL NOT get passed along unless a Federal Probate is completed through Kawerak Land Management Services.

LMS Probate Department:

  • Nora Brock- Probate Specialist II- 907-443-4326, nbrock@kawerak@kawerak.org
  • Eva Dickson- Probate Specialist I, 907-443-4320, edickson@kawerak.org

TRESPASS

  • Native Allotments & Townsites Lots are under the Administrative Jurisdiction of the Federal Government and are considered PRIVATE PROPERTY. Trespass includes:
  • Structures placed on the Native Allotment/Townsite Lot without the consent from Owner
  • Removal of Natural Resources (timber, firewood, gravel, sand, gold or other minerals)
  • Easements: Roads, trails, footpaths, telephone lines, electric lines, pipelines, water & sewer and other utilities
  • Excavating, dredging or filing; this includes depositing fill in marshes, lakes, rivers etc. or dumping garbage, used cars, refuse of any kind on restricted lands
  • Using personal property of the restricted landowner without permission
  • Removing artifacts (mammoth, ivory)
  • Disturbing graves
  • ATV’s trucks, cars, 4-wheelers, argo’s, anything that damages the surface of the tundra
  • Incur any damage to the Native Allotment or Townsite Lot
  • If you are a Native Allotment Owner, or Restricted Townsite Owner, and if any of the above is happening without your consent, you may call LMS office to report a Trespass.

ALSO NOTE: It is a federal offense to tamper or move any Native allotment Monument (BLM survey in the ground).

LMS staff to contact for Trespass Issues:

  • Francine Johnson- LMSS II, 907-443-4324, fjohnson@kawerak.org
  • Brian James- LMSS I, 907-443-4323, bjames@kawerak.org

Kawerak LMS can assist you with preparing a Will. Preparing a Will ensures your native land and property goes to the person you want it to go to. This prevents fracturing of property. After you Will is drafted, signed and Notarized the original can be stored with Kawerak Land Management offices, confidentially, until your estate is probated. Changes to your Will can be made at anytime.

You may include whatever you wish in your Will in addition to Restricted property, such as house/personal property/jewelry/boats/commercial fishing licenses/ firearms/ATV’s/snowmachines, etc.

LMS staff to contact to create a Will:

  • Francine Johnson- LMSS II, 907-443-4324, fjohnson@kawerak.org
  • Brian James- LMSS I, 907-443-4323, bjames@kawerak.org

LMS staff and contacts:

  • LMS- Toll free number- 1-800-443-4316
  • Nora Brock- Probate Specialist II- 907-443-4326, nbrock@kawerak@kawerak.org
  • Eva Dickson- Probate Specialist I, 907-443-4320, edickson@kawerak.org
  • Francine Johnson- LMSS II, 907-443-4324, fjohnson@kawerak.org
  • Brian James- LMSS I, 907-443-4323, bjames@kawerak.org
  • Tony A. Weyiouanna Sr.- Program Director, 907-443-4327, TWeyiouanna@kawerak.org

Download the Kawerak Land Management Services Brochure: LMS Brochure

Land Management Services

Land Management Services provides management assistance to restricted Native allotment and restricted townsite lot owners and their heirs.

NOTICE TO VETERANS : John D. Dingell Jr Act, Public Law 116-9

If you have served in the military, or know a family member that has served anytime between the dates of August 5, 1964 – December 31, 1971 and have not applied for a Native Allotment; or were previously denied an Allotment; you may be eligible to receive an allotment under this new act passed by Congress. Please contact Kawerak Land Management Services so that we may start gathering information for the application process. Family members may apply for deceased Veterans.

When the process and the procedures open up for the application process, LMS will assist the eligible applicants to apply as much as we can. 

Many questions have arisen concerning the new Alaska Native Vietnam era veterans land allotment section (Sect. 1119) of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Dingell Act).  Here’s what you need to know:

Before applications can be accepted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the new law requires that within 180 days of enactment, the Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs, prepare a list of potential applicants based on their service dates. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will then use the list to identify the potential applicants based on their Native heritage. Last, BLM will review the list for those who have already received allotments. Only those qualified individuals who have not previously received an allotment are eligible under Public Law 116-9.

The Department of the Interior and the Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct outreach to the eligible individuals. Alaska Native Vietnam Era Veterans do not need to apply immediately for their allotment. Once BLM has worked through all of the processes, Alaska Native Veterans who served during Vietnam Era will be notified to apply.

While that is being done, the BLM, with input from other agencies, potential applicants, and the general public, will draft the regulations that will guide the program and identify public lands that will be available for allotment within 18 months.

The application period will open when the regulations become effective.  The Department of the Interior will provide assistance in applying for allotments.  Applicants will have five years from the date the regulations become effective to apply for an allotment.

In order to help the process proceed smoothly, please ensure that the BIA has your current mailing address.

  1. Do I need to apply now?
  2. What can I do now?
  3. When did the legislation pass?
  4. Who will be eligible to select an allotment of land?
  5. Who will certify military service?
  6. Who will certify that an individual is an Alaska Native, as defined in ANCSA?
  7. If I am eligible, will I be notified? If I’m not notified, what do I need to do?
  8. What land will be available for selection?
  9. How large can the allotment be?
  10. What will be the process for submitting a selection application?
  11. Can selections be made in wildlife refuges?
  12. Can I select lands a Native corporation or the State of Alaska already owns?
  13. Will my allotment be subject to valid existing rights?
  14. Is land that is valuable for minerals available for selection?
  15. How do I get a copy of my (or my relative’s) DD-214 and other service-related paperwork?

Do I need to apply now?

No. Alaska Native Vietnam era veterans can not apply for their allotment until the rules are in effect.  Once BLM has worked through all of the processes, eligible Alaska Native veterans who served during Vietnam era will be notified to apply.

What can I do now?

If you believe that you are eligible under section 1119 of the Dingell Act, we encourage you to update your address with the BIA and VA.  You can also double check with each agency whether you are listed in their databases as meeting the definition for Alaska Native or Vietnam-era veteran respectively.

When did the legislation pass?

The legislation passed the House and Senate as section 1119 of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act and was enacted March 12, 2019, as Public Law 116-9. Section 1119 was originally the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act before being included into S. 47.

Who will be eligible to select an allotment of land?

Any Alaska Native who:

  1. Served in the armed forces between August 5, 1964, and December 31, 1971; and
  2. Has not already received an allotment of land.

A personal representative, acting on behalf of the heirs of a deceased Native veteran, may also apply for an allotment if:

  1. The deceased veteran has not already received an allotment of land; and
  2. The deceased veteran meets the military service requirement listed above.

Who will certify military service?

The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Who will certify that an individual is an Alaska Native, as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)?

The Bureau of Indian Affairs.

If I am eligible, will I be notified? If I’m not notified, what do I need to do?

If you are determined to be eligible by DoD, BIA, and BLM, you will be notified with a direct mailing in 2020.  BLM will update this website when that direct mailing has been issued. If you do not receive notification, it means that either that the contact information the government has for you is incorrect or you were not found to be eligible.

If you are not notified, a process will be in place for establishing that you have met the eligibility requirements:

  1. Of being a veteran pursuant to 38 U.S.C. § 101 who served in the Armed Forces between August 5, 1964 and December 31, 1971
  2. Meet the definition of Native in 43 U.S.C. § 1602
  3. You have not received an allotment pursuant to the Alaska Native Allotment Act (Act of May 17, 1906), Section 14(h)(5) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. § 1613(h)(5), or the 1998 Alaska Native Veteran Allotment Act (Section 41 of ANCSA; 43 U.S.C. § 1629g).

During this time, it is imperative that you ensure your contact information is kept current with BIA.

What land will be available for selection?

The Act makes all vacant (unappropriated), and unreserved BLM-managed public lands available. In general, reserved lands are those designated for a specific use like military bases, National Parks, or National Wildlife Refuge, or specific purposes like the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. BLM lands will include lands selected by the State or by Native corporations for conveyance and are available for selection by an eligible individual. The BLM will publish a map in March of 2020 with the lands that are available as of that date.

How large can the allotment be?

The allotment must be at least 2.5 acres in size, but no larger than 160 acres of land.

What will be the process for submitting a selection application?

The specific application process will be identified in the rules within 18 months of the date of the March 2019 enactment (September 2020). Once those regulations are published in the Federal Register and are in effect, eligible individuals will have five years to submit an application for an allotment of land.

To assist in determining what land is available, BLM will work with the State of Alaska and Alaska Native corporations to produce a map of land that is available for selection.

If an individual meets all eligibility requirements, and the land that is requested is available for selection, then a certificate with the patent for the land will be issued.

Can selections be made in wildlife refuges?

Currently, no lands within wildlife refuges will be available for selection. However, section 1119 of the Dingell Act also requires the Secretary to conduct a study of what lands can be made available for future selection within the National Wildlife Refuges within a year. The report will be sent to Congress. Only Congress can make refuge lands available for selection.

Can I select lands a Native corporation or the State of Alaska already owns? 

No. Section 1119 of the Act only makes BLM managed lands available and does not authorize title recovery.

Will my allotment be subject to valid existing rights?

Yes, any available Federal land conveyed under this Subtitle will be subject to valid existing rights.

Is land that is valuable for minerals available for selection? 

Yes, however any minerals not subject to valid existing rights will be reserved to the United States in your title document.

How do I get a copy of my (or my relative’s) DD-214 and other service-related paperwork?

  1. Visit the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Office of Veterans Affairs (DMVA). They can help you navigate the VA and National Archives systems if they don’t have your DD-214 handy.
  2. Visit the VA website. Note that you will need to sign up for milConnect, ID.me™, or already have a VA login through My HealtheVet (links for each service are provided on the VA website).
  3. Mail a “request pertaining to military records” (SF-180) to the National Personnel Records Center:
    1 Archives Drive
    St. Louis, Missouri 63138

You can also visit the National Personnel Records Center in person.

  1. Contact your local tribal veteran representatives local VA office, or national veteran service organizations. Similar to the DMVA, they can be very helpful in navigating the various systems to help you get your paperwork.

Kawerak Land Management Services

Kawerak Land Management Services provides management assistance to Restricted Native Allotment and Restricted Townsite Lot owners and their heirs as the Service Provider for the BIA.  Alaska Natives acquired restricted lands through the 1906 Allotment Act, and the 1926 Townsite Act.  Villages that DO contain Restricted Townsite Lots are Brevig Mission, Teller, Golovin, Koyuk, St. Michael, Shaktoolik, and Stebbins.

Some  of our services include:

  • Probates
  • Property Sales
  • Gift Deeding
  • Leasing and Permitting
  • Title Recovery
  • Mortgages
  • BLM Adjudication Information
  • Removal of Restrictions
  • Resolving Trespass Settlements
  • Granting Rights-of-way
  • Probating Restricted Estates
  • Wills
  • Forestry
  • Fire Suppression
  • Environmental Consulting

The first step for ANY transaction is to contact our office directly and we will send an application with the information regarding the process for any transaction listed above. Any transactions notarized or recorded in court will NOT be valid unless they go through our office.

If you have a restricted townsite lot or native allotment or inherited interest in either, you:

  • Cannot be taxed for your restricted property
  • In certain circumstances, allotees do not need to pay taxes on income generated from their restricted property
  • Are entitled to have your Last Will and Testament drafted free of charge, along with having your restricted estate automatically probated by the Kawerak Land Management Services Office and an Administrative Law Judge.

PROBATE SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

Native Allotments are Federal Property. The Probate process for Native Allotments is separate from State Probate Cases. Probates are the most common transaction that transfers ownership of Native Allotments. Currently, LMS has approximately 200 Probates to process and we need your assistance in getting these submitted with all the proper documents for the Probate Judge to process these cases.

When you loved one passes away, please contact Kawerak LMS Probate Department. Even if you are not sure they owened Restricted Native Allotment property, it is better to report and know for sure. Restricted Property WILL NOT get passed along unless a Federal Probate is completed through Kawerak Land Management Services.

LMS Probate Department:

  • Nora Brock- Probate Specialist II- 907-443-4326, nbrock@kawerak@kawerak.org
  • Eva Dickson- Probate Specialist I, 907-443-4320, edickson@kawerak.org

TRESPASS

  • Native Allotments & Townsites Lots are under the Administrative Jurisdiction of the Federal Government and are considered PRIVATE PROPERTY. Trespass includes:
  • Structures placed on the Native Allotment/Townsite Lot without the consent from Owner
  • Removal of Natural Resources (timber, firewood, gravel, sand, gold or other minerals)
  • Easements: Roads, trails, footpaths, telephone lines, electric lines, pipelines, water & sewer and other utilities
  • Excavating, dredging or filing; this includes depositing fill in marshes, lakes, rivers etc. or dumping garbage, used cars, refuse of any kind on restricted lands
  • Using personal property of the restricted landowner without permission
  • Removing artifacts (mammoth, ivory)
  • Disturbing graves
  • ATV’s trucks, cars, 4-wheelers, argo’s, anything that damages the surface of the tundra
  • Incur any damage to the Native Allotment or Townsite Lot
  • If you are a Native Allotment Owner, or Restricted Townsite Owner, and if any of the above is happening without your consent, you may call LMS office to report a Trespass.

ALSO NOTE: It is a federal offense to tamper or move any Native allotment Monument (BLM survey in the ground).

LMS staff to contact for Trespass Issues:

  • Francine Johnson- LMSS II, 907-443-4324, fjohnson@kawerak.org
  • Brian James- LMSS I, 907-443-4323, bjames@kawerak.org

Kawerak LMS can assist you with preparing a Will. Preparing a Will ensures your native land and property goes to the person you want it to go to. This prevents fracturing of property. After you Will is drafted, signed and Notarized the original can be stored with Kawerak Land Management offices, confidentially, until your estate is probated. Changes to your Will can be made at anytime.

You may include whatever you wish in your Will in addition to Restricted property, such as house/personal property/jewelry/boats/commercial fishing licenses/ firearms/ATV’s/snowmachines, etc.

LMS staff to contact to create a Will:

  • Francine Johnson- LMSS II, 907-443-4324, fjohnson@kawerak.org
  • Brian James- LMSS I, 907-443-4323, bjames@kawerak.org