Washington : Government Printing Office
Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by section 2 of the act of May 1, 1936, 49 Stat. 1250 (U.S.C. title 48, sec. 358a), the following described public lands hereinafter designated Area (A), excepting therefrom the lands hereinafter designated Area (B) only to the extent necessary to permit location under the mining laws, are hereby reserved for the exclusive use and occupancy of the native inhabitants of the Villages of Shungnak and Kobuk, Alaska, and vicinity:
Area A. Beginning at a point on the right bank of the Kobuk River one mile below the mouth of the Ambler River, in approximate latitude 67°05' N., longitude 157°53' W.; thence north 12 miles; thence east, crossing the Ambler, the Shungnak and the Kogoluktuk Rivers to longitude 156° N.; thence south to latitude 67° N.; thence east to longitude 155°30' W.; thence south to the left bank of the Kobuk River; thence west to longitude 156° W.; thence south to latitude 66°30' N.: thence west approximately 13.5 miles to the divide between the headwaters of the Selawik and Pah Rivers; thence in northwesterly courses, along the summit of foresaid divide, to the summit of the divide between the Selawik and Pick Rivers; thence along the summit of this divide to the left bank of the Kobuk River; thence down stream, with the left bank of the Kobuk River, to a point due south of the place of beginning; thence north, crossing the Kobuk River, to the point of beginning; enclosing an area of approximately 2,300 square miles.
Area B. Beginning at a point on the left bank of the Shungnak River at the crossing of the winter trail of an approximate latitude 66°59' N.; thence east 17 miles to the right bank of the Koguluktuk River; thence upstream along said bank to the mouth of Riley Creek, thence along the left bank of Riley Creek to the confluence of Riley and Ryan Creeks; thence north 1.5 miles; thence west approximately 11.5 miles to the right bank of the Shungnak River; thence downstream with said bank to a point due west of the place of beginning; thence east across the Shungnak River to the place of beginning, enclosing an area of approximately 88 square miles, provided, that free ingress and egress shall be permitted at all times for the above described excluded area along a right-of-way, 150' in width, which shall commence on the left bank of the mouth of the Shungnak River; thence in a northerly direction touching the more easterly meanderings of the left bank of said river, until it shall reach the point of intersection of the winter trail and the south boundary of the above described lands excluded from Area (A).
This order shall be subject to any valid existing rights or claims acquired prior to the date hereof and shall become effective only upon its approval by a majority vote of the natives residing in the above-described area, voting in the manner prescribed in the said section 2 of the act of May 1, 1936, and upon the following condition: That the acceptance of this reserve by the native inhabitants of Shungnak and Kobuk Villages voting in the manner prescribed in the said section 2 of the act of May 1, 1936 shall constitute a relinquishment by the said villages or any clan, family or subdivision thereof, to present possessory interests to lands outside the reserve described herein.
This Proclamation shall in no way impair the right of the natives of Shungnak and Kobuk Villages, to manage their own economic and political affairs and otherwise to exercise all rights of citizenship.
Done in the city of Washington, D.C., this 30th day of November 1949.
J. A. KRUG,
Secretary of the Interior.