In Metlakatla, the bus will run to the ferry terminal, which 14 miles outside of town — a first for the community.
The crabs are shellfish predators, credited with the decline of the softshell clam fishery in Maine. They also uproot eelgrass beds, which serve as habitat for herring and salmon.
The legal fight centered on a Metlakatla man charged with illegally fishing in waters just outside the state’s only Native reservation.
The Metlakatla Indian Community tribal government argues that a 1891 law gives its modern-day members unfettered rights to commercially fish around Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island.
Metlakatla Indian Community is the only federal reserve in Alaska and is not a part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
A Monday night notice urged the public to stay home for 72 hours or until contact tracing is completed.
Granholm said the grants from the Office of Indian Energy will help meet President Biden’s climate goals. She said they will fund some seven megawatts of clean power generation and battery storage.
At the beginning of May, Metlakatla had reported only 13 cases of COVID-19.
Metlakatla’s attorneys say lawmakers implicitly granted tribal members the right to fish in nearby waters — even outside the reserve’s boundaries.
Attorneys for the state argued that Congress never intended to grant Metlakatla the fishing rights the tribe claimed.