No. 86-5205.

824 F.2d 4 (1987)

WILDERNESS SOCIETY, a non-profit corporation, et al., Appellants v. J. Steven GRILES, Assistant Secretary, Department of Interior, et al.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided July 10, 1987.

As Amended July 14, 1987.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Ronald J. Wilson, Washington, D.C., for appellants.

Roger J. Marzulla, Deputy Asst. Atty. Gen., Dept. of Justice, with whom Robert L. Klarquist and Claire L. McGuire, Attys., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C., were on the brief for appellees, Dept. of Interior, et al.

Kenneth C. Powers, Asst. Atty. Gen., State of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, for appellee, State of Alaska. John W. Katz, Anchorage, Alaska, also entered an appearance for the State of Alaska.

Kenneth C. Bass III, with whom Steven W. Budd and Arthur Lazarus, Jr., Washington, D.C., were on the brief for appellees, Alaska Federation of Natives, Inc., et al. Jeffrey J. Peck, Washington, D.C., also entered an appearance for Alaska Federation of Natives.

John W. Angus III, Washington, D.C., was on the brief for appellees, Calista Corp. and Kwethluk, Inc.

Before WALD, Chief Judge, EDWARDS and GINSBURG, Circuit Judges.

Opinion for the Court filed by Chief Judge WALD.

WALD, Chief Judge:

Our largest state, estimated at between 357,000,000 and 375,000,000 acres, Alaska remains, to this day, an area with undetermined and shifting land ownership. The Alaska Statehood Act, passed in 1958, authorized the new state to select over 100,000,000 acres of federal land from designated areas during a period of thirty-five years. Outstanding land...


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