The provincial Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Canadian Indian tribe has no claim to a vast tract of northwestern British Columbia.

The ruling ended a three-year court battle that cost an estimated $25 million and involved the biggest land claim in Canadian history. It is expected to be appealed to the national Supreme Court in Ottawa.The Gitksan Wet'suwet'en Indian tribe claimed almost 40,000 square miles of largely virgin forest, river systems and mineral wealth. The tribe's 8,000 Indians live on a reservation of about 35 square miles.