Miccosukee Tribe renews disputed land-into-trust application

The Miccosukee Golf & Country Club in Miami, Florida. Photo from Golf Miami

The Miccosukee Tribe resubmitted a land-into-trust application that's drawn considerable controversy in Florida.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs originally approved the application for 229 acres in October 2012. But the Interior Board of Indian Appeals ordered a reconsideration in July 2013 after a challenge from Miami-Dade County.

Now that the tribe has renewed its request, the county is once again raising concerns. A letter to the BIA claims the tribe has not been cooperative when it comes to law enforcement issues.

“Regrettably, the tribe has created an atmosphere in which the state agencies have a reasonable and demonstrable concern about the tribe’s failure of cooperation in criminal investigations,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in the letter, The Miami Herald reported.

The site currently houses the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club. It's located in Miami, more than 25 miles from the tribe's nearest reservation, according to the Herald.

Get the Story:
Kendale Lakes golf course again a flashpoint between county and Miccosukee tribe (The Miami Herald 4/28)
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida persists with 'country inside county' petition (Local 10 4/23)

Interior Board of Indian Appeals Decision:
Miami-Dade County v. Acting Eastern Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs (July 10, 2013)

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