November 19, 2013

Bringing Certainty to Land Acquisitions

WASHINGTON D.C. – On Wednesday, November 20 at 2:30 PM, Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will hold a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing to examine the impact of the Carcieri case on the Tribal land-in-trust process.
The Carcieri case involved a challenge by the Governor of Rhode Island to the Secretary of the Interior’s authority to take land into trust status for the Narragansett Indian Tribe pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA).  On February 24, 2009, the Supreme Court issued its decision, holding that the Secretary of the Interior did not have the authority to take land into trust for the Tribe.  This decision triggered uncertainty and roadblocks to the land-in-trust process.
The oversight hearing is comprised of witnesses from federal, Tribal and local governments.
The hearing will take place in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will be available online at 
WHAT: An oversight hearing on the impact of the Carcieri decision on Indian Country.
WHEN: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Live video and witness testimony will be provided at
Panel I:
THE HONORABLE KEVIN WASHBURN, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
Panel II:
MS. JACQUELINE JOHNSON-PATA, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC
THE HONORABLE MARSHALL PIERITE, Chairman, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Marksville, LA; and Co-Chairman, United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Carcieri Task Force, Nashville, TN
MS. DIANE DILLON, Supervisor, Napa County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of California State Association of Counties, Sacramento, CA
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