Backers of tribal recognition measure submit signatures

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Supporters of a proposed initiative that seeks to formalize government-to-government relationships between the state and federally recognized tribes in Alaska have submitted signatures aimed at getting the measure on this year’s ballot.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports that the campaign behind the measure needed to gather 36,140 signatures.

    This week, the campaign submitted 56,200 signatures to the state Division of Elections.

    The division must review and verify the signatures.

    The campaign will be notified within 60 days of submitting the signatures if everything is in order to get the measure on the November ballot.

    A cosponsor of the initiative campaign says the support for the effort so far has been strong.

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