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Supreme Court won't hear challenge to Alaska Native subsistence






The late Katie John is seen here sharing stories with her grandchildren at her beloved fishcamp. Courtesy photo

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a petition in Alaska v. Jewell, an Alaska Native subsistence case.

The state of Alaska sought to overturn a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allows the federal government to protect Native subsistence rights. The ruling was part of the long-running Katie John case, named for the late elder who went to court to protect her traditional way of life.

The justices, without comment, declined Alaska's petition in an order list this morning.

9th Circuit Decision:
Alaska v. Jewell (July 5, 2013)

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