The sale of the Wainwright Defense Early Warning Line (DEW Line) lands to Olgoonik Corporation by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be recognized in a signing ceremony held in Wainwright on March 16, 2016. You are welcome to join Corporation representatives, BLM staff from nationwide offices, and congressional representatives to witness this momentous event! The ceremony will take place at the Robert James Community Center at approximately 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served.
Olgoonik, with support from the Native Village of Wainwright and the City of Wainwright governments, pursued the purchase of the 1,500 acres of Wainwright DEW Line property for more than three years. This purchase required an Act of Congress because Olgoonik had already received its full Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) land entitlement and because these were federal lands withdrawn from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. This land sale is a first for any ANCSA corporation as no other has purchased land in this amount of acreage from a publicly- or privately-owned organization. Olgoonik’s purchase of the subsurface land rights is also a first for any village corporation.