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5 Fun Facts About June 30 In Alaska History

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1. 1958 - Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and June 30 marks the day when the territory officially became a state, following a long and complicated process that involved several attempts at incorporation, various disagreements among lawmakers, and even a brief period of time when Alaska was briefly an independent nation.

2. 1971 - The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights and sovereignty. The act provided for the transfer of millions of acres of land to Alaska Native corporations, and was seen as a major victory for native peoples' self-determination.

3. 1983 - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Alaska Native tribes had the right to regulate hunting and fishing activities on their lands, even if those lands were owned and controlled by the federal government. This ruling, which recognized the sovereignty of Alaska Native tribes over their ancestral lands, was a landmark moment in the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights in Alaska.

4. 2013 - A wildfire that had been smoldering for several days erupted into a massive blaze that swept through the small community of Willow, Alaska, destroying more than 50 homes and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate. The fire, which was caused by a lightning strike, was one of the worst in the state's history and served as a powerful reminder of the significant wildfire risk faced by Alaskans each year.

5. 2017 - Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation that made Alaska the first state to allow businesses to permit on-site consumption of cannabis products, such as marijuana edibles and infused beverages. The move reflected changing attitudes towards marijuana use in the United States, and has had a significant impact on the state's economy and social culture.
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