State Battles Federal Government Over Ownership Of Knik River

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(AP) The Anchorage Bureau of Land Management has recently allotted the ownership of submerged land in the Matanuska–Susitna Borough to a native corporation.

Now, the state of Alaska is suing the federal government over the land's ownership.

The Eklutna Inc. Native Corporation was given ownership of a portion of the Knik River between Friday Creek and the Knik Glacier as a part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

However, the state is trying to make the case that they were given ownership of navigable waterways within the state boundaries, and that the area the Bureau gave over is navigable.

Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth says that she hoped to avoid litigation, but the federal government is refusing to recognize the state's rights to the lands and waters.