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Tribes press for fix to land-into-trust ruling at nation's capitol

The National Congress of American Indians and the United South and Eastern Tribes hosted a rally at the U.S. Capitol to lobby for a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Matthew Thomas, the chief sachem of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island, spoke at the rally. He was hopeful that Congress will take action to ensure that all tribes, regardless of the date of federal recognition, can follow the land-into-trust process.

“I am cautiously optimistic that the Carcieri fix will pass now,” said Thomas, The Providence Journal reported.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has already approved S.676 to fix the decision. A vote on the Senate floor hasn't been scheduled.

Similar versions of the fix -- H.R.1291 and H.R.1234 -- have yet to receive a hearing in the House.

Get the Story:
Tribal leaders push for ‘Carcieri fix’ bill (The Providence Journal 6/27)

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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