HICKEL - FRAMPTON DEAL TO FEDERALIZE PRIVATE NATIVE LAND IN ALASKA
How did it come about that the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees spent over half of the EVOS endowment buying land with out any authorizing legislation to do so? Here is how former Alaska Governor Walter Hickel (Alaskan Independence Party, former Republican) did a deal with George Frampton to get bail out money for the Seward (Alaska) Sea Life Center.
Anchorage Daily News ö May 27, 2001
Research funds bail out Seward's struggling Alaska SeaLife Center
Seward -- The Alaska SeaLife Center was born with the mission of saving the endangered Steller sea lion and other marine mammals of the North Pacific. As it turns out, the Steller sea lion is saving the Alaska SeaLife Center.
The trustee council overseeing the $900 million civil settlement of the oil spill was skeptical of the Disneyland glitter they detected in the proposal. At the trustees' request, the plan was recast to emphasize research and animal rehabilitation.
Even so, Clinton appointees on the council preferred to spend the money on studying animals and protecting habitat rather than pouring concrete. The logjam broke after Hickel drew aside assistant secretary of the interior George Frampton at a meeting in Alaska. Hickel said he finally persuaded Frampton of the need for Alaska-based research for the North Pacific. Offering a deal helped persuade him, Hickel said: The governor agreed to have state trustees support purchase of Native corporation lands if the feds would back Seward. In February 1994 the trustee council approved $25.9 million for construction.
COMPLETE ARTICLE: http://www.adn.com/nation/story/0,2360,270072,00.html
THE EVOS TRUSTEES THEN WENT ON TO SPEND OVER $500 MILLION BUYING PRIVATE LAND AND ADDING TO THE FEDERAL LAND ESTATE IN ALASKA, A STATE ALREADY BURDENED WITH ALMOST 90% GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP.
ALL THIS FOR ONLY $26 MILLION FOR THE SEWARD CENTER.
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