Walter Johnson; Martha Nelson; Elsie Beattie; Yakutatresource Conservation Council; Southeast Alaskaconservation Council; Alaska Center for the Environment;trustees for Alaska, Plaintiffs-appellants, v. John W. Pierce, Colonel, Alaska District Engineer, Unitedstates Army Corps of Engineers; Arthur E. Williams, Lt.general, Chief of Engineers, United States Army Corps Ofengineers; John W. Shannon, Acting Secretary of the Army;u.s. Army Corps of Engineers; Defendants-appellees,chugach Alaska Corporation, Defendant-intervenor-appellee, 15 F.3d 1086 (9th Cir. 1993)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 15 F.3d 1086 (9th Cir. 1993)

Argued and Submitted Dec. 13, 1993. Decided Dec. 23, 1993

Before: BROWNING, NORRIS, and O'SCANNLAIN, Circuit Judges.


The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying appellants' motions for preliminary injunction. The district court's determination that appellants had not established a likelihood of success on the merits was not clear error, nor was its conclusion that the balance of hardships tipped in favor of appellees. Finally, the court acted within its discretion when it determined that there is a strong public interest in permitting Alaska Natives to become economically self-dependent through the operation of their regional and village corporations.

The order of the district court denying the preliminary injunctions is AFFIRMED.


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