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BIA accepting comments on rule for land-into-trust appeals

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More on: bia, land-into-trust, patchak, supreme court

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting comments on a new regulation to address land-into-trust appeals.

The regulation was written in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Salazar v. Patchak. In that case, the justices ruled that opponents can sue the Bureau of Indian Affairs for up to six years after the land is placed in trust.

As a result, the BIA says it is no longer necessary to wait 30 days for any appeals to be filed. The new rule eliminates the waiting period, which was established by regulation in 1996.

Comments on the new rule are being accepted until July 29.

Federal Register Notice
Land Acquisitions: Appeals of Land Acquisition Decisions (May 29, 2013)

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