The state attorney general's office was granted a 60-day extension, until Oct. 4, to appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the governor's office said Tuesday.
The previous deadline was Aug. 6.
Gov. Tony Knowles said he welcomed the delay to allow time to build public support for resolving the long-running subsistence dilemma. Knowles, who favors regaining state management of fish and game from the federal government, has not yet decided whether he will appeal the case.
The case, named for an Athabascan elder who was denied a subsistence fish camp on the Copper River, established that the federal government has authority on most waters in Alaska to ensure subsistence rights for rural residents.