State threatens to sue federal government over submerged land in Southeast Alaska

    Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The State of Alaska has filed a notice of its intent to sue the federal government over the ownership of a 15-mile waterway on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska.

    A release from the Alaska Department of Law says the Sarkar Canoe Route overlies submerged lands that became Alaska's at statehood.

    In a letter to U. S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Attorney General Treg Talor gave the required180 days notice of the state's intent to file a quiet title action to eliminate any federal cloud on title to lands beneath the waterway.

    The release explains that the legal action is the next step in Governor Mike Dunleavy’s “Unlocking Alaska Initiative,” aimed at asserting State ownership of its lands in the face of federal resistance and obstruction.


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