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Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on 75 years of IRA

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next Thursday, June 23, on the Indian Reorganization Act.

The IRA became law on June 18, 1934. Among other actions, it authorizes the Interior Department to acquire land in trust for tribes and individual Indians.

Most tribes have taken advantage of the land-into-trust process but the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar affects those who recently gained federal recognition. The hearing coincides with a tribal rally at the U.S. Capitol to push for a fix to the ruling.

The hearing will take place at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

Committee Notice:
The Indian Reorganization Act - 75 Years Later: Renewing our Commitment to Restore Tribal Homelands and Promote Self-Determination (June 23, 2011)

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

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