Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Watching Sturgeon v. Masica Case Closely
Oral arguments being heard before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is closely monitoring the case of John Sturgeon, who is presenting his case against the regional director of the National Park Service (NPS) tomorrow before the U.S. Supreme Court. The ASRC Legal team will be present at the Supreme Court arguments to provide feedback from the proceedings directly to the ASRC board of directors. In 2007, the NPS threatened to issue Sturgeon a citation for using a hovercraft on non-federal land within the boundary of the Yukon Charlie National Preserve. The 75-year old grandfather wasn’t cited, but the incident started a debate over how the NPS exercises its broad authority within park boundaries across the state.
“This case clearly shines the spotlight on a promise from the federal government that wasn’t kept,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “When Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) in 1980, this matter was supposed to be resolved. The Supreme Court justices have a very important case before them, a case that could impact land rights in every region of Alaska.”
In May of last year, ASRC filed an amicus brief supporting Sturgeon in the case. Other Alaska Native corporations are also supporting Sturgeon, as are Alaska’s Congressional delegation, the state of Alaska and the Alaska Miners Association.