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June 16, 2016: Carcieri Fix - Congressman Cole Amendment

A long overdue fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar re-emerged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. But the language in the bill that funds the Interior Department is not the complete solution that Indian Country has been seeking. Tribes have been asking Congress since February 2009 to confirm that everyone can follow the land-into-trust process, regardless of the date of federal recognition. The amendment instead ensures that tribal land-into-trust acquisitions between June 18, 1934, and February 24, 2009, cannot be challenged in court. It does not address any applications going forward or any approvals since the Supreme Court issued its disastrous ruling more than seven years ago. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, acknowledged that his amendment represents only a "partial" response to the decision. But he said it represented a compromise that has the support of key Republicans. READ THIS LINK:

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