Amicus Brief – Sturgeon  vs. Masica – U. S Supreme Court

Today, in the United States Supreme Court, nine Alaska organizations, representing thousands of Alaska businesses, filed an Amicus Brief in support of petitioner John Sturgeon.

At issue, for all Alaskans’ and the businesses represented by each of these trade organizations,  is  whether Section 103(c) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 prohibits the National Park Service from exercising regulatory control over State, Native Corporation, and private Alaska land physically located within the boundaries of the National Park System.

As noted in the brief, if the Ninth Circuits decision is upheld, consequences will be far-reaching, paving the way for federal agencies to curtail development on inholdings in all conservation system units in Alaska.

The following organizations are participating in the brief:  the Alaska Miners Association, the Alaska Chamber, the Alaska Conservation Trust, the Alaska Forest Association,  the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, Associated General Contractors of Alaska, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, the Council of Alaska Producers, and the Resource Development Council for Alaska.

In addition, the following organizations have already provided amicus briefs in support of the petitioner:  Arctic Slope Regional Corporation,  Ahtna Corporation, Aleut Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Calista Corporation, Doyon, NANA, Gana Yoo, Tihteet’ Aii, the State of Alaska, the Safari Club and the Pacific Legal Foundation.


To read the brief in its entirety, click here