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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a proposed bill would give 100,000 acres of federal land in total to Native groups in five Southeast Alaska towns.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the proposed legislation - also called the "Alaska Native Claims Improvement Act of 2017" - looks to mitigate issues with the original Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that was passed almost a half century ago.

A major component of the legislation involves the formation of Native corporations in five Southeast Alaska communities - Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee and Haines.

Murkowski: Bill would create new Native corporations