Justices' Alaska River Ruling Lets Native Fishing Off Hook

Law360 (March 29, 2019, 5:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision that the National Park Service can't enforce its hovercraft ban on an Alaska river boosted landowners' rights against agency regulation, but its most important piece for Alaska Natives may be the court's refusal to tinker with hard-earned rulings protecting their fishing rights.

The high court on Tuesday overturned a Ninth Circuit decision that the Park Service had the power to enforce its nationwide hovercraft ban on the Nation River under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. In the unanimous decision, Justice Elena Kagan handed a win to the state, Alaska Native corporations and private landowners...

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