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For Immediate Release: March 26, 2019

Senate Majority Cheers Sturgeon Supreme Court Victory

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JUNEAU – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of John Sturgeon, finding that the Nation River is state, not federal, land, and is therefore navigable inside of Alaska’s national parks.

“This is a great day for Alaska,” said Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. “The authority of our state over our lands was defended by our U.S. Supreme Court.”

“The longstanding question of Alaska’s authority working with the federal government is now clearly settled, honoring our statehood compact and ANILCA,” said Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.

“The Sturgeon case settlement – especially 9-0 at the Supreme Court – is really good news,” said Senator Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “In Southeast, we have the Taku and the Stikine which are clearly navigable waters and the domain of the state, not the federal government.”

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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