Anchorage Assembly affords Eklutna protections

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Anchorage Assembly affords Eklutna protections
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Athabascan village within the municipality of Anchorage now has special protections.

Reports say the Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday afforded the protection to 800 acres surrounding the village of Eklutna.

Eklutna Inc. chief executive officer says the Dena'ina community is a walking, breathing living museum. Eklutna is located about 20 miles north of the city, and is believed to have a 1,500-year history.

The assembly's action preserves the rural character and cultural uses of the land.

It prohibits the municipality from building trails or running utilities through the area. And it allows residents to build multigenerational housing on single tracts for extended families. People will also be allowed to build community smokehouses