Alaska Loses DC Circ. Bid To Block Native Trust Land Actions

By Andrew Westney (July 1, 2016, 12:42 PM EDT) -- A split D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected Alaska's bid to block the U.S. Department of the Interior from taking land into trust to safeguard it for Native tribes, saying the department's revision of its regulations to allow such trust actions rendered the case moot.

In a 2-1 ruling, a circuit court panel said that the court lacked jurisdiction over claims brought by the Akiachak Native Community and three other tribes challenging the so-called "Alaska exception" to DOI regulations that had barred Alaska tribal land trust actions. A D.C. district court vacated that regulation, after which the DOI changed its regulations to...

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