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Sturgeon v. Frost, 136 S. Ct. 1061 (2016)


Tension has long existed between states and the federal oversight invoked throughout the western United States. While courts have clarified some, there are still questions about the oversight the federal government should be afforded. In Sturgeon v. Frost, the Supreme Court left the hard questions of state sovereignty and federal land management to the lower appellate courts. However, the Court ruled that Alaska will continue to remain the exception to the rule and that Alaskan conservation system units can be treated differently than other federally managed preservation land throughout the rest of the country.

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