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Dorgan says no quick fix to land-into-trust ruling


Don't expect Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) to rush through a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Dorgan, the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, plans to hold a hearing on the decision, which restricts the land-into-trust process to tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934. But a spokesperson said a solution won't be coming soon.

Tribes want Congress to amend the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 so that all tribes can benefit. But opponents could use a fix to try and limit tribal rights.

The House Natural Resources Committee also plans a hearing on the decision.

Get the Story:
High court ruling has tribes scrambling (The Cape Cod Times 3/8)

Supreme Court Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Thomas] | Concurrence [Breyer] | Dissent [Stevens] | Concurrence/Dissent [Souter]

Supreme Court Documents:
Oral Argument Transcript | Briefs

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