Alaska Loses DC Circ. Bid To Block Native Trust Land Actions
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the State of Alaska's bid to block the U.S. Department of the Interior from taking land into trust to safeguard it for Native American tribes. Attorney Philip Baker-Shenk, representative for the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, stated that this ruling should be viewed as an opportunity for Alaska Governor Bill Walker and other state leaders to work with Indian tribes.
"They can expect to hear more from tribes who will be insisting that the state take this opportunity to stop its wasteful legal wrangling and to work cooperatively with Indian tribes in Alaska to take maximum advantage of their unique legal and economic status as federally recognized governments," said Mr. Baker-Shenk.
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