“Counties, as units of local government, should be afforded great deference by land managers in the federal government,” said Willox. “We agree with the Western Governors Association that states and local governments are not merely ‘stakeholders,’ but rather co-regulators established…

This legislation contains important permitting and Judicial review provisions for tribes and Alaska Native Corporations that work to eliminate attacks by outside special interest groups. Overall, this bill is based on the principle that Native communities, not the federal government or special interests, are the best…