Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) is enacted because state selections are infringing on the holdings of Alaska Natives, who file their own land claims based on aboriginal use and occupancy.
The Secretary of the Interior withdraws 80 million acres of Alaska federal lands to study for federal protection as national parks and forests.
President Jimmy Carter designates 11 million acres of federal lands in Alaska as National Monuments, including what was to become Wrangell-St. Elias.
Wrangell-St. Elias becomes a World Heritage Site.
Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) is enacted - 104.5 million acres of Alaska comes under permanent federal protection. On December 2nd, President Carter designates 13.2 million acres of land as Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve.