Time and again we see that big cases often begin with little disputes. On its face, Sturgeon v. Frost is a simple case about whether the National Park Service may prohibit John Sturgeon from using his hovercraft on waters within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (Preserve) in Alaska. But following the Ninth Circuit’s latest decision in the case, issued in October 2017 after a remand from the Supreme Court, Sturgeon may come to define the nature and reach of the federal government’s authority over waters in and beyond Alaska.
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