Native leaders upset by effort to overturn ruling

Nov 06, 2013 -- 8:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The largest statewide Native organization in Alaska says a decision by the Parnell administration to try to overturn a subsistence and water rights ruling is an assault on rural Alaska. The Alaska Federation of Natives called a news conference Tuesday in Anchorage to voice their frustration. Earlier this week, the state said it was asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision. The state argues the decision improperly upholds rules enforcing federal subsistence fishing rights on navigable rivers that otherwise would be owned and managed by the state. Attorney General Michael Geraghty told the Anchorage Daily News the state got title to navigable rivers at statehood. He says the federal government has no business managing fishery resources there.

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