Alaska Gov. Dunleavy signs tribal-recognition bill, a 'first step toward healing'
August 3, 2022
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, July 29 signed legislation that requires the State of Alaska to formally recognize its 229 federally recognized Native tribes.
Though the bill does not significantly change the relationship between the state and the sovereign tribal governments within its borders, Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, D-Bethel, said the measure is an "important first step toward healing and recognizing our past."
The State of Alaska has historically opposed tribes' efforts to exert sovereignty, denying their existence, Zulkosky said.