Metlakatla Indian Community

Metlakatla Indian Community will appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of a fishing rights case against Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration. Lawyers for the Tribe filed the appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday.

State attorneys are asking a federal court judge to dismiss a fishing rights case brought by Metlakatla Indian Community at the southeastern tip of the state.

Metlakatla Indian Community is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and senior state officials over fishing rights. The state’s sole Native reservation says the commercial fishing permit system unfairly prevents local fishermen from harvesting on their traditional fishing grounds — a right that Metlakatla says is guaranteed to the Tribe by Congress.