Alaska Sport Fishing Co. sued over $1 million fire on Indigenous lands

By Joyce Hanson (July 11, 2022, 4:27 p.m. EDT) – The United States is suing a sport fishing company in federal court in Alaska, accusing one of its guides of starting an illegal camping fire that burned 176 acres of native land. and federal public lands, costing $1 million in firefighting efforts.

Groves Salmon Charters LLC, based in Copper Center, Alaska, and guide Joshua McDonald are responsible for the fire along the Klutina River that burned approximately 30 acres of public land under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of the Interior and 146 acres of Alaska Native claims. Land under the Settlement Act owned by Ahtna Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation…

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