In 1998, Georgetown Tribal Council (GTC) had an all member meeting in Georgetown, and members agreed that it was time to begin village resettlement. Reasons for resettlement stem from a unique blend of traditional and contemporary value. By re-establishing the traditional village, GTC hope to perpetuate the cultural identity, survival and well being of its contemporary tribe. For many of the original members, Georgetown is their birthplace; the place they grew up, their shared identity, and for those generations to come, it insures the sustainability of that identity and the strength and support of a network of community. For all, Georgetown is the fundamental definition of who we are; the constant source of individual and communal pride.
Since beginning the 14(c)3 transfer, Georgetown Tribal Council has been moving quickly towards the goal of resettlement. Sixteen Georgetown members have applied to the State for housing lots. As soon as members are granted a permit for entity, home building will begin.
Under section 14(c)3 of ANCSA, The Kuskokwim Corporation was obligated to reconvey up to 1,280 acres to the State of Alaska in Trust for the future municipality of Georgetown. Though the property is transferred to the State of Alaska, GTC has been officially designated as the “Appropriate Village Entity” by the State, acknowledging the Council’s ability to represent the collective views of Georgetown member’s and empowering GTC to approve land transactions by the State with respect to the village. Should the residents of Georgetown elect to incorporate as a municipality at some future time, the ownership of the land would be transferred to the governing body of the municipal corporation.
The Kuskokwim Corporation, with the concurrence of the GTC and the State of Alaska, filed a Plan of Survey with the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reconvey 640 acres to fulfill this obligation. BLM surveyed the proposed reconveyance in the summer of 2001, and the property was transferred to the State of Alaska Municipal Trustee.
In order to prepare for the 14(c)3 land section process, GTC began to acquire and produce useful and current information about the area in and around the village. In the summer of 2000, through grant funding from the Administration of Native Americans and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, GTC commissioned McClintock Land Associates to produce aerial photography and topographic maps of Georgetown. As a supplement to these maps, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) surveyed and mapped local soil conditions and vegetation. The resulting data was used for community master planning purposes and to make informed decisions on the selection of community lands.
For more in depth information on the 14(c)3 process please refer to this link to ANCSA.