Alaska Native Corporations are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn a recent Ninth Circuit decision, which Alaskans fear expands federal authority to regulate their lands within national park boundaries.
Attorney Philip Baker-Shenk said the collision of various federal, state and tribal interests in the case raises the question of whose rights the federal government should be fighting for with respect to the disputed lands, but the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act's purpose is plain.
"It's very clear from the act that the United States' intention was that the land be owned by the Natives and developed for their well-being and under their control," Mr. Baker-Shenk said.
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