Obama Gives 7 Oil-Rich Islands to Russia: Secret GiveAway – Alaska Not Consulted

It appears Congress had nothing to do with this 7-island giveaway with tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds. The Department of the Interior says these islands are a source of BILLIONS of barrels of oil. Our president and the State Department can just give away American sovereign land – Alaskan land. A story like this leaves me speechless. I’ll let Joe Miller, a former US Senate candidate from Alaska, do the talking: (see an important UPDATE below)

READ THIS FIRST – LATEST IMPORTANT UPDATE 1-21-12 10:30 pm: This is a very complicated matter. Please go to this article for in-depth details and sources.

World Net Daily (read the entire story here including the American historical connection to these islands):

Part of Obama’s apparent war against U.S. energy independence includes a foreign-aid program that directly threatens my state’s sovereign territory. Obama’s State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin.

The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.

The State Department has undertaken the giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. Astoundingly, our federal government itself drew the line to put these seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side. But as an executive agreement, it could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary Clinton.

The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. This is despite the fact the Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition – but the State Department doesn’t seem to care.

The imperiled Arctic Ocean islands include Wrangell, Bennett, Jeannette and Henrietta. Wrangell became American in 1881 with the landing of the U.S. Revenue Marine ship Thomas Corwin. The landing party included the famed naturalist John Muir. It is 3,000 square miles in size.

Northwest of Wrangell are the DeLong Islands, named for George Washington DeLong, the captain of USS Jeannette. Also in 1881, he discovered and claimed these three islands for the United States. He named them for the voyage co-sponsor, New York City newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett. The ship’s crew received a hero’s welcome back in Washington, and Congress awarded them gold medals.

In the Bering Sea at the far west end of the Aleutian chain are Copper Island, Sea Lion Rock and Sea Otter Rock. They were ceded to the U.S. in Seward’s 1867 treaty with Russia.

The State Department’s maritime agreement is a loser – it gives us nothing in return for giving up Alaska’s sovereign territory and invaluable resources. We won the Cold War and should start acting like it.

UPDATE 2-19-12 @ 9:18 a.m. CDT: The longer story is that this covert mission began under G.W.H. Bush, but the thing to remember is that no he, nor any president following made the giveaway reality. Reader Sheri left a link to another WND report dated May 2000. Here’s a snippet:

The tranfer would have gone unnoticed were it not for State Department Watch, a Washington-based group that monitors State Department acitivities.

Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Carl Olson, who heads State Department Watch, recently checked with the Census Bureau, asking if it had plans to count the inhabitants of these disputed islands in the current census.

Olson was stunned by the response he received from the Census Bureau.

“Census Bureau officials were informed by the U.S. Department of State that these islands remain under the jurisdiction of Russia,” wrote Kenneth Prewitt, director of the Census Bureau in a letter to Olson.

“Without confirmation and appropriate documentation from the Department of State to the contrary, the Census Bureau cannot include these islands as part of the State of Alaska,” Prewitt concluded.

Americans Become Russians

Olson notes that the Census Bureau, with the approval of the State Dept., has just stripped Americans of their citizenship.

Consider the inhabitants of Wrangell Island, the largest of eight disputed islands – five lying in the Arctic Ocean and three in the Bering Sea.

Geographically speaking, the island’s inhabitants would also be citizens of the state of Alaska since no other American state comes even close to the proximity of the islands.

But if anyone desired to visit Wrangell Island, they would be greeted not by the Stars and Stripes waving proudly in the brisk air but by a Russian military tower.

According to Olson, the islands including Wrangell have 18 Russian soldiers and one officer and 50 to 100 inhabitants.

Olson insists these people have been made to endure foreign occupation by the Russian military and believes the U.S. government should do something about taking the islands back.

NewsMax.com contacted Mark Seidenberg, a former senior traffic management specialist within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and asked him if he believed the United States should pursue its sovereignty on the islands. Seidenberg, without hesitation, said “yes.”

The article linked above says after Congress ratified the Maritime Boundary Treaty, Russia DID NOT SIGN IT. At that time, the industry was up-in-arms. American fisherman did not want to lose their right to the waters in the area. Russians didn’t care.

Nevertheless, former U.S. Secretary of State Jim Baker and the Soviet Union’s Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze signed a secretive executive agreement the year before that bound both governments to the treaty. [“Executive Agreement!”]

Currently, Russia is demanding hundreds of millions of pounds more fishing rights from the United States that would undermine the Alaskan fish industry and, subsequently, the state’s economy.

A wealth of petroleum and natural gas hang in the balance as well.

Again, this is 2000:

Even though now recognizing Russian jurisdiction over the islands, the State Department had testified at the June 13, 1991, treaty hearing that the maritime boundary agreement “does not recognize Soviet sovereignty over these [five Arctic] islands.”

Drink Your Kool-Aid has more. Linked at Noisy Room – Terresa has some rousing commentary on this story and puts it in perspective!

Linked at Tom Tancredo’s website – thank you Congressman – sure miss you good work in the House!

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  • We bought those islands from Russia when we purchased Alaska. Now Obama gives them away? Where is the treaty on this?

    • findalis, there is a treat known as the US – USSR Maritime Boundary Treaty, which GHW Bush signed, but Russia did not.

  • Sheri

    I just found this story too. It dates back to 2000.

    • Thank you Sheri!

    • Sheri, I update with your link. Again, thanks.

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  • Thank you for the mention and the link Maggie! God bless you!

    • My pleasure Loopy-Loo:-)

  • The U.S.- U.S.S.R. Maritime Boundary Treaty of 1991
    Obama may have signed off on it but George H.W. Bush gave them away in 1990
    see the story here:http://drinkyourkoolaid.com/did-obama-really-give-away-7-oil-rich-alaskan-islands-to-russia/
    I love blaming Obama whenever I get the chance but Mr. NWO Papa Bush is the father of this awful idea and should not be let off the hook for it.
    If a republican does something that is bad for America then they should be held accountable otherwise we are no different than the lame stream libs that cover up the crap dems do. IMO

    • Commander Kool-Aid, I know the background of this story, but note that whomever worked on this in the past, didn’t actually make it reality. Obama did. Never before have we been so energy insufficient. We also have Russian now in allegiance with Iran and Syria. Had Obama not wanted this to happen, he could have stopped it. Throughout the years there surely was much angst over this giveaway. Clinton didn’t make it happen. GW didn’t make it happen. Obama did make it happen.

    • Commander Kool-Aid, I updated and linked your story in mine.

      • Rhotundra

        Again, the story on drinkyourkoolaid is also wrong and based on the WND mistakes. Please STOP linking to other sites that misrepresent the facts without checking them first.

  • Susan

    Looks like GHW Bush did indeed sign off on this giveaway, but if you dive deep into this article you will find that the US & Russia have been back and forth on these islands dating back to 1849 and then signing the 1867 Treaty Between United States and Russia). Read more here: http://www.statedepartmentwatch.org/1867Treaty.htm

    •Several nations have participated in the discovery and exploration of Herald Island. The island was discovered in 1849 by Sir Henry Kellett, captain of the survey vessel HMS Herald, who was searching for the vanished expedition of Sir John Franklin. Kellett landed on Herald Island and named it after his ship. He also sighted Wrangel Island in the distance.

    •In 1916 the Russian ambassador in London issued an official notice to the effect that the Imperial government considered Herald, along with other Arctic islands, integral parts of the Russian Empire. This territorial claim was later maintained by the Soviet Union

    •Some U.S. individuals, including the group State Department Watch, assert American ownership of Herald Island based on the 1855 landing. A 1988 resolution of the Alaska State Senate supported this claim. However, the United States government has never claimed Herald Island, and recognizes it as Russian territory. In 1994, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled in D. Denardo v. State of Alaska that Herald Island, along with several islands, is not part of Alaska. http://www.statedepartmentwatch.org/

    •The State Department with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the end of the Ford Administration unilaterally proposed to the Soviets in January 1977 an unfortunately concessionary maritime boundary line. It was based on part of a line described in the 1867 treaty between the U.S. and Russia. Generally this part of the line starts midway between Attu Island and Copper Island in the Aleutian Island, proceeds northeast for about 1000 miles to a midpoint between Little Diomede Island and Big Diomede Island, and then turns due north into the Arctic Ocean., the Russians have four park rangers on the Wrango island, no one is allowed to inhabit them.


    The Alaska House & Senate were never consulted on the land grab and violation of States rights, so they teamed with then Governor, Walter J. Hickel to lobby President Bill Clinton to undo the treaty but were not successful. Alaska State Rep. John B. Coghill, R-Dist. 32. sponsored Alaska H.J.R. 27, a resolution that was passed in the state’s House and Senate then enacted by Alaska Gov. John Knowles in 1999. It was intended to “require the federal government to begin a new dialogue with Russia over the disputed maritime borders, insuring that Alaska is sitting at the negotiating table, as well as prevent the impending giveaway of eight Alaskan islands,” said Coghill. (Source David Bresnahan) 2000 WND.

    I think I could search for months on this subject. It dates back to 1849 (that’s where I started). Importantly, once again, ‘we the people’ have been excluded from these negotiations. The House and Senate seem to have been left out of the loop as well. (Although who really knows about that anymore.)

    Seems to me the issue this time is “What isn’t Obama doing”?

    • Susan, thank you for the links. I have posted a detailed update here. I appreciate your research and the time it took to post it here.

  • Maggie, I agree, Obama could have and should have killed this. I guess that’s what’s so disheartening about gov. Both party’s are joined at the hip at screwing up all that is great about America. b/t/w I meant no disrespect to you or your story, in fact I like the site very much.

    • Commander Kool-Aid, I took no offense at your comment. No problem whatsoever:-) Today we have an opportunity, as never before, to move our government to a Constitutional body, or at least to start that process. Today everyone understands what Big Government really mean. I pray we make the right choices (such as they are available to us).

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  • Susan

    And I agree, doing nothing in this case is infact doing something. This is an ongoing fractured fable. Thanks Maggie I love your site too.

    • Susan, thanks so much for the nice comment.

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  • If it was up to me, I’d try to stall another hundred or so years. While I don’t see our claim as especially strong, I would hate to cede anything to Russia that we can continue to claim, especially in the era of Putin.

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  • I don’t know about the other six, but Wrangel Island isn’t American. It wasn’t included in the purchase, but claimed by an American revenue cutter about 15 years later. Russia subsequently claimed it right before the Russian Revolution. America never challenged the claim, and America officially recognized it as Russian territory in 1994. The only non-Russian / non-Indian settlers who tried living on the island were there to claim it for Canada, not the U.S. Russia has had a settlement there since the 1920s.

    • Danny, thanks for this. I’m working on an update. I appreciate the comment.

      • Rhotundra

        Danny is correct. I sent two emails to WND who is the root cause of all this. I’m still waiting for Ron Strom, commentary editor with WND to fess up, and retract both of their stories. My last to him was a few hours ago.

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  • Does Sarah Palin know about this?

    • Kini, I don’t know if Palin has weighed in on this. If she has, I haven’t found it, and I looked before I posted, and again yesterday.

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  • Corruption in a pure form. Anyone that studies the Obamanation for just a minute, not looking hard at all, has to know this Psychopath Usurper could care less about America or the constitution. Obama is out to destroy all of our country plus anyone that believes in freedom. Easy to give away something you have no regard for – Hell Why Not – just another day, huh! My earnest prayer is that Obama’s day is coming to where he will be treated as a castaway then he can see how that feels – of which I see Obama as a man with no feelings. Obama is a bastard child, his whore mother or grand mother didn’t want. Remember, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.”

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  • Rhotundra

    This story has been on dozens of websites over many years, and problem is, it’s pretty much FALSE or totally inaccurate.

    WND started the problem with a spelling error, mistaking the 1 square mile island of Wrangel, a few miles from Siberia, for the much larger and clearly Alaskan Island of Wrangell, just South of Juneau. They compound the error, by failing to research anything, like the fact that the US never claimed the De Long lslands in question, and the Supreme Court of Alaska has found they are NOT US or Alaska territory. How about you folks wake up and stop the panic. Nobody has given away US property, except that these blog spots give away anyones credibility.

    • Rhotundra, what puzzles me is why Joe Miller is currently weighing on this, and the fact that it appears the treaty has finally been signed.

      • Rhotundra

        Joe used the WND erroneous information with mis-spelling from way back in 2000. 12 years later, Miller is making a fool of himself because of blogs like this one and WND with factual errors. I pointed it out yesterday, and they corrected the spelling on the name of the island and ignored the fact that they were the one who caused needless panic. Danny above is correct. This never was anything but internet BS.

        • Rhotundra, are you saying that Obama has not signed the Maritime Treaty?

          In the meantime, if you are going to make a request of me, I will request that you not assume – here at my blog – that you know everything that needs to be known. This is a story. We’ll see what happens. Who I link to is none of your business. You needn’t read here.

          • Maggie, The Maritime treaty was signed by George H.W. Bush and ratified by the Senate in 1991, the islands in question were not part of the treaty. It is the Russian Duma that has not ratified the treaty. Obama wants them to do it. In order to sweeten the pot, and get them to do so, it seems that the Obama State Dept. under Hillary Clinton has added these islands in. Barack Obama could remove them with an executive order. He has not chosen to do so. What is at risk is that the Russian Duma will now ratify this treaty, with no discussion allowed by anyone, much less the State of Alaska.

            • Thank you Patricia. I understand what you are saying.

              • Maggie, according to State Dept. Watch, this goes clear back to Henry Kissenger. They have several articles about it and are involved with some of those from Alaska who are trying to put a stop to this. Here is a link if you want to check it out: http://www.statedepartmentwatch.org/GiveawaySummary.htm

                • Patricia, I just this minute got off the phone with Joe Miller and will begin a followup article based on that conversation. You are correct that it goes back to Kissenger – which makes it an even bigger issue.

                  I’ll visit your link right now. Thanks so much for helping with this. It has been very hush-hush and my call with Joe has explained a lot.

        • Rhotundra, I have the email of your last comment to me. It has not posted here in comments as yet. I do not generally delete comments unless someone uses excessive profanity, or is completely off the wall. You can see I left Joe Mendoza’s comment up, although it was tempting to remove it.

          I never mind someone disagreeing with me, or correcting me, but when I’m told to stop linking at particular places, when I do not yet know the entire story, and I don’t know that you know it either, then I get a bit testy.

          In your last email you accused me of ignoring you, but I responded back each time. You were not ignored. I have been using your information as I do further research. Your last email accused me of “spreading manure,” so it if you believe that, why are you bothering here?

  • Well, I can give you all that it went in secretly and now they belong to Russia? What does it matter where they belong to anyways? Isn’t Russia “allied” with US? WTF is up with alliances anyways? It seems more like we all are just chilling until someone gets out of line.

    In my opinion, as long as this isn’t part of a 10-20 or New World Order plan that will help set off major problems for our future that lead to a restricted living, it shouldn’t matter, cuz I know if you are sexually attracted or fall in love with someone of another country, it doesn’t matter anymore.

    Besides, are Alaskans aware of that TRUTH that every country’s citizens have NOTHING TO DO with their government’s choices? Their country’s choices? CUZ EVEN WHEN Russia abolished religion for 100 years once upon a time, people didn’t follow that; they practiced religion in secrecy, AND THEIR GOVERNMENT SURELY KNOWS THAT BY NOW, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S IN OUR HISTORY BOOKS! How, I wonder, it was discovered.

    Another point: SYRIANS SUFFER these up-to-date battles and death, talking about soldiers shooting their family, FROM WHICH COUNTRY I DO NOT KNOW, but that seems apparent AS FUCK THAT NOBODY HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH OUR COUNTRY/GOVERNMENT/SENATE/W/E THE FUCK’S CHOICES BUT BY: Voting and HOW WILLING ARE WE TO TRY TO MAKE THINGS BETTER OR KEEP BETTER THINGS THE SAME. Otherwise, Americans have no reason to hate Russian citizens and vice versa. This, I am sorry to say, but it is CLINICALLY FUCKING TRUE. CLINICALLY. It’s ONLY your own pride in YOUR OWN GROUP that makes you opinionated againsT ANOTHER COUNTRY’S CITIZENS! I am more realistic: I PREFER BEING WORRIED ABOUT orgranized, expensive actions that cause death upon groups of people like 9/11’s epic “attack from terrorists” ON MOTHERFUCKING 9/11, JUST THE DATE FOR IT TO HAPPEN.

    If the US gives Russia our oil, then maybe because we are not directly united with Russia as a “united country”, and we <3, or they <3 Russia, Russia can help be a part of some plan for a better future, even though the truth of this world looks like a star, and shines IN ALL DIRECTIONS. Meaning: Like Nazism, the truth can be skewed for you to believe Jews need to die to make the world a better place. If Jews need to die and you can't accept my idea of truth: No country's citizens has a logical obligation to hate each other, then I see no difference; JUST SAYING.

    • Joe Mendoza, you don’t want a New World Order but you disdain alliances? If you choose to respond here again, leave the gutter language out, and further don’t ever trying saying that one person’s truth – like Jews dying – makes it acceptable.

  • I believe this Wrangell Island is where the last Wooly Mammoths on earth survived, up until about 1300 BC

    Somebody needs to be answering WHY we’re giving away territory!

    • Reaganite Republican, I’m trying to get the answers. Whatever they are, we will not like them.

  • Hi Maggie,
    I have updated this story with what appear to be Telegrams from the State Department dating back to 1977 surpassing G.H.W.Bush and putting this treaty in the Ford Administration. Looks like Henry Kissinger (Sec.. of State to Ford) was the conductor of this?
    Also, there are communications between the Alaska A.G. and State Department Watch.
    see it here:

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  • john

    Okay, I know that common sense is always besides the point when you visit a blog full of people spouting bologna to support crazy ideology, but would somebody care to look at the above map and tell me how anybody could say the islands in question are part of Alaska? For crying out loud, some of these islands are north of CENTRAL (not Eastern) Siberia. From a geography standpoint, these Islands are not Alaskan, no matter what the Alaskan state house claimed in the 1990’s. You keep arguing a nonsensical point like this and you are going to get the US a Malvinas/Falklands war of our own. Lets just develop Alaskan and maybe polar oil, and concede to Russia the islands and resources off THEIR coast, not our coast.

    Now if somebody has a link to documents clearly citing those mostly undiscovered islands as part of what Seward bought, feel free to post it and maybe I’ll reconsider the above common sense opinion. But even then, you have to wonder if the Tsar had the right to sell what he didn’t know he owned. Sounds like American mortgage or Wall Street fraud to me.

    Really, look at the map. The map says it all.

  • John, really…look at the big green note at the top part of the article. Follow it for the details. There is more than map, and in fact no one is sure what map was used. All the links are there. It’s the latest information. Please read it if you are interested.

  • john

    By the way Maggie, maybe I’m jumping to conclusions about your blog based on those commenting on your post. If you’re site and readers are normally less aroused than they’ve become from this Miller story interacting with the kool-aide, please accept my apologies. One other thing: I really appreciate you posting the map. It does help to make better sense of this story.

  • Danny Adams

    The latitude and longitude boundaries are given in the 1867 treaty, along with the occasional geographical points (albeit some with outdated names). Seems to me like the easy thing to do would just be get an atlas, or go on Google Earth, and look up the long./lat. of the islands.

    • john

      Yeah, I actually did go to Google maps and elsewhere, and searches revealed… some Islands in southeast AK and in the continental 48, among other places. It wasn’t quite as easy to find these as it should have been. So again, thanks to you for the useful map showing where these islands actually are located.

  • Danny Adams

    Oops, forgot to give a link to the full text of the treaty:


  • john

    Well I just found another post here (below) which supplies some of the document language I asked for. From that it seems pretty clear that, whatever other claims might be made for our keeping those islands, you can’t really claim they are part of Alaska.

    all the territory and dominion now possessed by his said Majesty on the continent of America and in the adjacent islands,


  • john

    It’s possible to claim these islands are ours because “we discovered them”, or by creating legalistic constructions describing the world of nearly 200 years ago, or by analogy that we have the same rights to these islands as Denmark has to Greenland. Every sort of crazy argument that lawyers can put together and sell to other lawyers are possible… but they are still utterly contradicted by the map. I think a little license with the old Clinton line might work here: “It’s the geography, stupid…” All the other arguments are besides the point.

    • John, it’s not the map, it’s the coordinates. No one is certain about which map was used.

  • john

    Actually if its the coordinates I would say ‘it’s the proximity of the island coordinates to the coordinates of Russia.’ But I guess we will have to agree to differ on this. As they say on those islands, “Dobre noche…” (‘Good night’ in Russian , I believe.)